|Collection type||Private Record|
|Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room.||AWM315 419/118/030|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Wood, Alan (Historian, Services Reconnaissance Department, AIF) Wallet 3 of 22
Collection compiled by Alan Wood in preparation to write the history of Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD) commissioned by the Z Special Unit Association. This wallet consists of correspondence, notes and annotations between Alan Wood and Charles ‘Fred’ Sanderson (QX11361) related to operations in Borneo.
-Sketch map annotated as 'A very, very rough map of my [Fred Sanderson's] area of operation'
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood referring to notes and an 'operation' map, and remembering the Ibans, Limbang campaign and Phenghulu Kadu. Sanderson suggests a monument at Ulong, dedicated to the Ibans, Charlestown NSW, 22 December 1982
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood covering maps of his and the enemies' operational movements, 20 Dec 
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood about his view of 'colonial poms', Sanderson refers to incidents with Major Wilson
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood about hoping Alan can follow his [Sanderson's] record and the death of Michael McCann, Charlestown NSW, 27 November 1982
-Letter from Fred Sanderson regarding Operation Semut I to Alan Wood about providing his own stored notes, Charlestown NSW, 29 October 1982
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood, Charlestown NSW
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood about sending 'snaps' and a copy of a plaque showing members of Semut I, II and III, and thoughts about his service.
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood about the origins of SRD and Semut I and II parties. He refers to being 'Z' in Australia but on reaching Mindanao they were known as SRD or Survey Unit, showing they were only a party of SRD, Charlestown NSW, 11 February, 1983
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood about maps, notes and a plaque he would like to present to the Australian War Memorial. Sanderson mentions sending his notes ( 'Limbang account') to Bob Pinkerton and Bob Long, Charlestown NSW, 15 January, 1983
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood referring to maps, plaque and the 1984 reunion, Charlestown NSW 14 June, 1983
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood accompanying the plaque for the Australian War Memorial collection. Sanderson refers to two war maps of Limbang, Charlestown NSW, 6 July, 1983
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood about upcoming event and his request to Bob Long (WX16705), radio operator at Bawong HQ, Charlestown NSW 24 August 1983
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood about Lieutenant M. H. Wood, attached to Semut II, Charlestown NSW 16 January 1984
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood including his views on operatives and Bob Long's article detailing the rescue of U.S. airmen and construction of a bamboo airstrip, article annotated by Sanderson, Charlestown NSW, 24 July 1984
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood about Max Wood and Wong Sue and versions of events.
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood referring to a map and Semut I's achievements under Harrisson, Charlestown NSW, 16 May 1984
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood referring to an account in Horton's 'Ring of Fire', and details weapons and ammunition allocations, Charlestown NSW, 3 May 1985
-Letter from Fred Sanderson to Alan Wood about Rick Searle, a scriptwriter, obtaining material, Charlestown NSW, 12 September 1984
-Sheet headed 'To Whom It May Concern' by Rick Searle, Writer, and John Schindler, Executive Producer, Films Qld Ltd about four documentary programs dealing with 'the exploits of Australian Forces inside enemy-held territory during World War Two.' 11 May 1984
-Sheets headed 'This chapter of Semut story received from Sgt J.D. 'Stroke' Hayes M.M. on 15th January 1984' Hayes' account of parachuting into the Bawang Valley and engaging with Japanese troops and the role of Dayak troops. Received 15 January 1984
-Sheets headed 'Semut Story Chas McPherson Hardy', an account of his experience as Tuan Doktor 15 September 1983.