Alex Lees


Age: 97

British war hero and one of the last survivors of the historic (but largely unsuccessful) World War II mass escape from the German prisoner-of-war camp Stalag Luft III that inspired the 1950 book and the 1963 movie The Great Escape.

Cause of Death: In his sleep

Born: July 11, 1911

Died: April 22, 2009

Bishopton, Scotland