I have so many it is difficult to select just one, but I think I would like to present to you my first cousin twice removed Lieut Edwin Alfred "Ted" Paul MID. (And that's pronounced "leftenant", not "LOOtenant"!)
Ted signed up for the Great War at age 14, but didn't see any action as he was a Midshipman in training at the Officer Training Facility, Jervis Bay, New South Wales until 1920.
Ted, by then aged 36 years and 8 months, signed up for military service with the Australian Army on the 31st May 1940. He was sent to the Middle East, where he was first reported as Missing In Action (9th November 1942), then reported Missing believed POW (18th November); and confirmed as POW (2nd December 1942).
Ted escaped from his final Prisoner of War camp (he was in three different ones) and made his way to Switzerland, via Italy (reported 30th November 1943: entered Switzerland from Italy). He was reported "released from Switzerland 11/10/44" on the 22nd November 1944.
Edwin's report to the Army lists the Prisoner of War camps, dates held there and the conditions of them:
• Bari: 5th November 1942 to 19th February 1943 ― conditions poor, rations (quantity and quality) very bad. Behaviour of Camp Staffs: petty and bullying.
• Sulmona: 20th February 1943 to 21st July 1943 ― conditions fair, rations (quantity and quality) very bad. Behaviour of Camp Staffs: petty and bullying.
• Bologna: 22nd July 1943 to 12th September 1943 ― conditions fair, rations (quantity and quality) fair. Behaviour of Camp Staffs: good.
Ted died on the 22nd October 1946, in the Concord (New South Wales) Military Hospital; the cause due to War Service (has to have been the POW experience plus the escape).
His only biological child*, a daughter (Vicki Edwina known as Tedi), was born on the 14th November.
* Ted had informally adopted the son of his common law wife (and the boy, him), to where the boy** changed his name legally to Paul; and thus I have cousins by adoption from that branch of my family.
** Can't name him here as he was still living last I checked.