Category: Wartime

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The Teapot Lid by Margaret L Henderson

My father, The Reverend Thomas Nevison Simpson, died in early 1942.    The official (but disputed) story of his death is that he was aboard the Japanese prisoner of war ship ‘Montevideo Maru’ that sailed...

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Catalina Estate Mystery By Bob Piper

After World War II and into the 1960s a drive to Sirinumu Dam, in the cool heights above Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, always meant passing a mysterious and derelict Catalina flying boat...

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The Montevideo Maru by Caitlin Nash

My granddaughter Caitlin Nash, great granddaughter of Eric Clive Green, won the Northern NSW RSL Public Speaking Competition in 2009, as a 12 year-old, with this Legacy Speech about my father, who was lost...

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When Home Was A Trip Through Hell

Here is the story of one man’s war. It is a microcosm of the overall conflagration, the story of a small party of stragglers’ epic escape from the Japanese on New Britain…a story rich in drama, courage, endurance and an indomitable will to survive.

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The aftermath of war: Charles Betteridge

About 8 pm on 10 September 1945, three Japanese soldiers and an orderly arrived at the area of the 2/7th Battalion at Kairiru near Maprik. They carried a message from General Adachi. They were...