Tupper, Cyril Frederick (Lieutenant, b.1903 - d.1976)


Collection relating to the Second World War service of VX86279 Lieutenant Cyril Frederick 'Fred' Tupper, Australian Amenities Service, Second Australian Imperial Force, Australia and New Guinea, 1942-1943.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Consists of one diary of Lieutenant Cyril Frederick 'Fred' Tupper, containing entries dated between 28 October 1942 and 15 March 1943. This diary covers the period of Lieutenant Tupper’s service with the Australian Amenities service as part of the New Guinea Concert Party. In his diary, Staff Sergeant Tupper writes about leaving home, embarkation, routine training, life on board the ship, his first impressions of New Guinea, landing at Milne Bay, struggles with the tropical environment, performing shows for large numbers of Allied troops, eating meals with officers, walking through old battlefields, experiencing Japanese air raids, facilitating community singing, writing letters to his loved ones, going on patrol, gathering souvenirs, waiting for a new posting at a transit camp, patrolling on the Kokoda Trail, visiting a local mission, receiving mail from home, witnessing the good work of the Salvation Army in Milne Bay, returning to Townsville, performing medical orderly duties to assist wounded troops, preparing for his new posting, and his arrival in Buna, New Guinea. This diary also contains brief notes on the action at Milne Bay and the natural produce of New Guinea.