The Memorial is honoured to be able to share the stories of Veterans and their experience's during the Second World War.

New articles will be published in the lead up to and surrounding Victory in the Pacific Day - 15 August 2020.



  1. 'I thought, I'm gone this time'

    One minute Leo Inglis was keeping an eye on Japanese planes flying overhead, the next he was buried alive, fighting for his life.

  2. 'It just shows you my luck, or whatever you like to call it.'

    When Barney Cain heard Japanese bombers flying over Rabaul, he thought he was going to die.


  1. 'If I had my time over, I'd do it all again'

    26 August 2020

    Lloyd Birdsall remembers watching Japanese bombers flying overhead in New Guinea, and listening to the sounds of the planes as bombs fell from the sky.

  2. How embroidery helped Pat Sullivan survive the war

    01 June 2020

    When Pat Sullivan was captured during the Fall of Singapore, he quickly realised he would need a hobby to help calm his mind and combat depression.

  3. 'I did what I had to do'

    10 August 2020

    John Ireland's first mission was almost his last.

  4. 'It was so secret they didn’t allow any of what we did to get out'

    09 August 2020

    Dixie Lee was 17 years old when he joined the Royal Australian Navy during the Second World War. At 19, he joined the Allied Intelligence Bureau and volunteered as a Coastwatcher.

  5. 'You’d go a long way to find someone who was more courageous'

    04 June 2018

    Allan Russell was just 21 when he formed an extraordinary alliance with a local Dusun chief named Kulang during Z Special Unit’s Operation Agas 1.

  6. 'It was just like winning the lottery'

    13 August 2020

     At 100 years of age, Cecil Fish still remembers the end of the Second World War as if it was yesterday.

  7. 'If we go, we may as well go together'

    21 April 2018

    Rat of Tobruk, Bob Semple, will be speaking at the Anzac Day National Ceremony. Here he tells his remarkable story.

  8. 'We were just ordinary people'

    08 September 2017

    Veterans Les Cook and Len Griffiths remember Kokoda.

  9. 'You were never told what you were going to do'

    11 May 2018

    Jack Tredrea was just 24 years old when he parachuted into Borneo in March 1945, armed with only a few maps, some guns and grenades, and a cyanide pill to swallow in case he was captured.