Wooden surrender block from Japanese Army officer's sword

Place Oceania: Pacific Islands, Solomon Islands, Bougainville
Accession Number REL37380.002
Collection type Technology
Object type Edged weapon or club accessory
Physical description Ink, Wood
Maker Unknown
Place made Pacific Islands: Solomon Islands, Bougainville
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Small block of wood with Japanese characters which indicate that the sword was carried by Yoshinori Nonaka who served with the Japanese 6th Division HQ (South East). On the reverse is handwritten in ink, 'JAL'. A small hole has been drilled through the block 8 mm from the top.

History / Summary

This block was attached to a sword believed to have been surrendered to Australians at Bougainville in September 1945 by Yoshinoru Nonaka, an officer serving with the Japanese 6th Division HQ.