Roll of Honour - War Memorial - Canberra

GailD

Cootamundra, Australia

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Canberra War Memorial. ACT
My visit, along with my sister Sharon & Cheryl, to the War Memorial was not just one of sightseeing, but to trace some family history.
Our father never spoke much about our uncle. Only to say that he was involved in WW2, captured by the Japanese, & on a ship that was sunk by their own as they didn’t know there was prisoners on board.
Dad has passed on, & are we doing some research of our own. We have done some research on Google.
Our uncle was with the 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. It was called Lark Force. He was in Rabaul on the 23rd January 1942 when the Japanese attacked. He was taken prisoner. He was on the ship Montevideo Maru when it was sunk on the 1st July by the American ship the USS Sturgeon. The Montevideo Maru was not flying the flag to indicate that it had POW’s on board.
If anyone has any other info on that particular episode of the war. That would be great.
I think Sharon is putting this in some of her groups tomorrow too.

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