Sprod, Thomas Daniel (Able Seaman, b.1924 - d.2018)

Accession Number PR03966
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: .5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letter
Maker Sprod, Thomas Daniel (Dan)
Place made Netherlands East Indies
Date made 1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Collection relating to the Second World War service of PA2705 Able Seaman Thomas Daniel Sprod, HMAS Glenelg, Royal Australian Navy, Netherlands East Indies, 1945.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Wallet consists of one letter from Thomas to his family, dated 17 September 1945. Thomas writes about his experiences on HMAS Glenelg in the Netherlands East Indies. He describes taking a short holiday, transporting Australian prisoners of war from a Japanese internment camp on Ambon to Morotai, transporting Dutch civilian prisoners of war, the condition of these prisoners, trading with local townspeople, the destruction of towns where the ship anchored, and hearing rumours of the ship’s next orders to occupy Ambon. He also enquires after his brother, Gunner George Napier Sprod, who was a Japanese prisoner of war.

History / Summary

Able Seaman Thomas Daniel Sprod enlisted to the Royal Australian Navy on 21 April 1942, when he was 18 years old. He served on the HMAS Glenelg in Australia, New Guinea, and Netherlands East Indies, and was transferred to HMAS Torrens in December 1945. Able Seaman Sprod was discharged on 7 October 1946.