Diary of Keith Lindsay Lewtas, 1946-1950

Accession Number AWM2019.22.65
Collection number PR06252
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 228 Image/s captured
Maker Lewtas, Keith Lindsay
Place made Japan
Date made 1946-1950
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953
British Commonwealth Occupation Force, 1946-1952 (Japan)
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Diary related to the British Commonwealth Occupation Force and Korean War service of VX5354 and 31997 Sergeant Keith Lindsay Lewtas, 67th Infantry Battalion and 3RAR. This diary written between 6 March 1946 and 12 August 1950 mentions: Dance halls in Japan; meeting and dances with Japanese girls; Victory Day in 1946; the selling of his unwanted cigarettes and chocolates to Japanese girls; his working the canteen; stories of the hardships faced by the Japanese; the treatment of Japanese girls after the increase in VD amongst the soldiers; leave in Tokyo and other places in japan; his attendance at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East; issues while working in the battalion canteen; leave home in Australia in 1947; compulsory education scheme; the move to Okayama and back to Hiroshima; his being award the Efficiency Medal; his appointment into the Regular Army Special Reserve in 1948; the disappointment of the battalion to have to return to Australia; the outbreak of the Korean war and the increase of troops preparing for the Korean War.

Also included are photographs of Lewtas and a Japanese girl he met [Mitchi]; postcards; letters from Japanese girls he meets and newspaper clippings.