Japanese soldier's autographed good luck flag captured by members of Z Special Unit, Ranau, North Borneo, 1945

Place Asia: Borneo, North Borneo, Ranau
Accession Number REL/13988
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Flag
Physical description Printed cotton
Maker Unknown
Place made Japan
Date made c 1941-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Japanese soldier's autographed national flag bearing signatures and slogans in written in black ink. Apart from the signatures, there is the traditional wish for long-lasting good fortune in war. The name of the owner of the flag has not been written on it. The flag has also been signed in the top right corner in purple indelible pencil by eight members of Z Special unit underneath the words 'DISARMED NIPS RANAU 23.9.45'. The signatures are for C W Ripley, H Forster, J H Veale, J A Hodges, W A Wallace, E W Gore, R B Cocks and A W Hywood. 23.9.45'.

History / Summary

Associated with NX110328 Corporal Leslie 'Les' Arthur Grinham who served with Z Special Force. Grinham was born in Carlton, NSW in March 1922 and enlisted on 21 August 1942. He was discharged on 4 June 1946.