Tait, Edwin Robert Alexander (Private, b.1918 - d.1945)

Accession Number AWM2019.684.1
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: .5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letter
Maker Shaw, Percival James
Date made 1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection relating to the Second World War service of VX28084 Private Edwin Robert Alexander 'Bert' Tait, 2/21 Australian Infantry Battalion, Ambon, 1945.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Consists of one three-page letter from VX27329 Private Percival James 'Percy' Shaw to Mr James William Tait, dated 5 December 1945. In his letter, Private Shaw describes the circumstances of the imprisonment and death of Mr Tait’s son, Private Edwin Robert Alexander 'Bert' Tait, while in a Japanese prisoner of war camp at Ambon. Private Shaw writes that Private Tait was wounded while assisting a fellow prisoner during an air raid on the camp, and made a long recovery in hospital. He continues, writing that Private Tait volunteered as a medical orderly, went on work parties, and grew a small vegetable garden in camp. However, Private Tait’s health deteriorated and he succumbed to beri-beri and malaria, dying on 19 July 1945. This letter also includes a Japanese occupation 1 Gulden note, signed by Private Tait, which Private Shaw enclosed as a keepsake for his family.