King, Bruce Joseph Charles

Place Oceania: Pacific Islands, Solomon Islands, Bougainville
Accession Number MSS2152
Collection type Manuscript
Measurement 1 wallet: 1cm
Object type Digital file
Maker King, Bruce Joseph Charles
Place made Australia
Date made 2011
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

A digital file (PDF) consisting of a 51-page typed illustrated manuscript titled "BOUGAINVILLE 1944-1945. Bougainville as one soldier saw it and lived it. His mission and his stories", written and compiled in 2011 by NX192276 Private (Pte) Bruce King. It includes descriptions and photographs of his experiences whilst serving with the Australian Army in Bougainville during the Second World War. Pte King's manuscript questions whether the Military's objectives were achieved in Bougainville, and whether it was worth the loss of life and wounding of so many young Australian servicemen. Also includes a one page Preface in which Bruce King explains his motivation for writing his manuscript, as well as a collection of stories collected by him from other soldiers also in Bougainville at the time, written under the pseudonym of 'Kanga'. Paper copy available for access.