A photograph found on the body of a dead Japanese soldier showing Private (Pte) Reharin, member of the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) Forces wearing a blindfold about to be beheaded with a sword by ...
ID number101100
Collection typePhotograph
Object type
  • Black & white
  • Portrait
Place madeNew Guinea: Aitape
Date made24 October 1943
Physical description
  • Black & white
  • Portrait
DescriptionA photograph found on the body of a dead Japanese soldier showing Private (Pte) Reharin, member of the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) Forces wearing a blindfold about to be beheaded with a sword by Yunome Kunio. A group of local people and Japanese stand watching in the background and the soldier to Yunome's left is 3rd Class Warrant Officer Fukuda. The execution was ordered by Vice Admiral Kamada, the commander of the Japanese Naval Forces at Aitape. Pte Raharin was captured with Sergeant (Sgt) Leonard G Siffleet and Pte Pattiwahl, whilst engaged in reconnaissance behind the Japanese lines. The executioner was sentenced to death for his part in the atrocity but had his sentence commuted to ten years imprisonment as he had acted in a subordinate capacity in the matter.