Commemoration service Rabaul

Accession Number F07419
Collection type Film
Measurement 45 sec
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Maker Dolan, Samuel Murray
Place made Pacific Islands: Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain, Gazelle Peninsula, Rabaul Area, Rabaul
Date made 23 January 1946
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


During May 1942, 800 Allied prisoners of war and internees embarked on the vessel Montevideo Maru at Rabaul for shipment to Japan; she was subsequently sunk en route. On 23 January 1946, four years after the landing of Japanese on Rabaul, a commemoration service was held at Vulcan Beach to honour those who lost their lives. Also identified: Lieutenant Colonel Allen; VX44906 Lt Col Allan Gordon Cameron DSO and Bar, formerly 2/2nd Battalion, now CO 26th Australian Infantry Battalion; PX129 (P427) Major Charles Dowson Bates MC, CO Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit; NX3 Brigadier Kenneth William Eather CBE DSO ED, General Officer Commanding 11th Australian Division.

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