McCulloch, Clarence Edwin (TX3653, Corporal, 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion, 8th Division, Australian Army)

Accession Number MSS2015
Collection type Manuscript
Measurement 1 wallet: 1cm
Object type Manuscript
Maker McCulloch, Clarry
Date made 2004
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

'Some call it luck: The story of Clarry McCulloch', 195p manuscript by TX3653 Corporal Clarence Edwin McCulloch, 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion, 8th Division. McCulloch describes his wartime experiences training in Australia, serving in Palestine and Syria and as a prisoner of war at Hintok. In 1942 on his return to Australia McCulloch and members of the 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion were diverted to Java and then taken prisoner by the Japanese. McCulloch spent more than two years working on the Thai-Burma railway. The manuscript contains moving descriptions of the POW's treatment by the Japanese, working parties, disease, starvation and the extremes of human nature. The manuscript also includes a 2p. tribute to McCulloch's best mate Lorimer Anzac 'Blue' von Steiglitz who also served. Includes photographs, a copy of McCulloch's letter which was read over Radio Batavia in 1943 and a poem.