Britain’s Oldest Surviving Prisoner Of War Faces Eviction After Council Break Promise

By : Rebecca Knight |



One great-grandfather, who is thought to be Britain’s oldest surviving prisoner of war, is facing eviction from his house.

Robbie Clark is living off charity handouts, with the 97-year-old worried he will have to leave his property, due to not being able to meet the costs of living there.

This is despite his local council offering to meet his care costs after his story initially made headlines six months ago.


Clark survived Hitler’s 1,000 mile Death March retreat back in 1945, and is now registered as blind and has lost hearing in one ear, along with being confined to a wheelchair.

Having a live-in carer at his home costs him £960 per week, and that has eaten into his £50,000 life savings, given the Brent Council only contributed £350 per week towards that, because of said savings.

Even when his savings were drained, the council only offered funding of £451 each week, an amount that would see him forced to live in a care-home.

A petition with nearly 190,000 signatures calling for the council to pay for his care costs forced them to pledge the money, but that promise has not been fulfilled.

Clarke’s son, Mike, spoke to the Independent, and claimed that despite the petition being delivered at the end of April, things ‘had gone awry’, and his father had not received any money.

After the story hit the headlines once again, the council claimed that a new ‘deferred payment scheme’ would see the matter resolved, with money given to help pay his care-home bills – something his son is not happy with.

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Mike added his father saw being moved to a care-home as a loss of freedom, and claimed:

The council just ignored it when I pointed it out to them on three different occasions.

The press statement was duplicitous and caused my dad more anxiety. His health is suffering. He’s living off of charitable donations from Help for Heroes, the Army Benevolent Fund and the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund.

This is all because my dad didn’t want to be in a home – particularly because he was a prisoner of war. He sees it as a loss of his freedom.