Walton, Pierre Michael (Private, b.1912 - d.1981)

Accession Number PR04859
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 2cm
Object type Papers, Diary, Letter
Maker Walton, Pierre Michael
Place made Japan, Malaya
Date made 1939-1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Collection relating to the Second World War service of NX621 Private Pierre Michael Walton, 8 Division Provost Company, including the period he was a prisoner of war (POW) of the Japanese, 1942-1945.

Wallet 1 of 1 contains two folders.

Folder 1 of 2 contains three small notebooks containing poems written by Private Pierre Walton, NX56747 Corporal Tom Higgins, NX17200 Private Alfred Jones, and NX68236 Private Stanley James Lugton in Singapore in 1942, recipes, a transcription of a sermon given by an unknown Catholic priest at the Osaka POW camp, and a casualty list for members of the 8th Australian Division. Collection also includes a two page typed letter from Ichiji Inoue to former Australian POWs, 1 August 1941. Ichiji Inoue was a Japanese worker at the Hitachi Shipbuilding Yard, near the Taisho POW camp in Japan where Private Walton was interned. Private Walton also spent time as a POW in Changi, Singapore, and Takefu camp in Japan.

Collection also contains three army paybooks, a demobilization procedure book, a record of service book, a Malaya Command military drivers licence, a receipt of issue of duplicate paybook, a receipt of prisoner of war package, and a label or tag with untranslated Japanese text.

Folder 2 of 2 contains a single folio account of prisoner executions, handwritten on Japanese note paper, and recounts the escape, recapture and subsequent death by firing squad of Australian prisoners-of-war, VX63100 Corporal Rodney Breavington and VX62289 Private Victor Lawrence Gale on 2 September 1942 at Changi. Several Australian officers witnessed the execution including NX70416 Lieutenant Colonel [Frederick] Gallagher [Galleghan], Officer Commanding the 2nd AIF at Changi. The author of the account is unknown.