Typical soft Quincelander:
Toovey, who died yesterday in Brisbane, aged 90, was a young man of only 20 and a prisoner-of-war on the Burma Railway, when the camp surgeon told him he had to amputate his left leg, poisoned by an ulcer on his shin.
"No way," Toovey told him. "I'm going to need that leg to play Sheffield Shield cricket for Queensland."
It was a decision that easily could have cost him his life. There were virtually no medicines available so the only treatment was for an orderly to scrape the ulcer down to the bone, sometimes twice a day, using a sharpened spoon. "It was the worst pain I ever endured in my life," Toovey said in 2001.
Back when I was doing hard time at Her Majesty's Pleasure, in boarding school, we used to scrape our ulcers, then eat the scrapings. Shoe box. Middle of road. Gravel.