Over five million men served in the British armed forces during World War 2. Of these, it's likely that at least , were gay or bisexual based on projections from the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles which found that six per cent of men report having had homosexual experiences. Before his death, he told me his story, with a mixture of pride and sorrow. I retell it here, in remembrance of a good friend. Having risked his life during WW2, and nearly died in a Japanese POW camp, Cave was angry that once the war was over Britain's gay soldiers were persecuted and jailed by the military authorities.