McIlroy, Kenneth Alan, (Gunner, b.1920 - d.1945)

Accession Number PR00179
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1cm
Object type Letter
Maker McIlroy, Kenneth Allen
Date made 1942
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 92/0624
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

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Two original handwritten letters written by Gunner McIlroy to his family and fiance Joan describing the involvement of 2/15 Field Regiment in the Battle of Muar River. The letters describe the battle, being surrounded by Japanese troops, withdrawing by swimming the river, being machine-gunned by Japanese planes whilst swimming the river, having to leave everything behind, the loss of all his cobbers, the relief that he had survived the "hell on earth", and the Australian soldiers as "supermen". Gunner McIlroy died of illness on 5 July 1945 following the Sandakan-Rinau death march.