Wallet 1 of 1 - Papers relating to the service of John Philip Saunders, 1953-1954; c.2000

Accession Number AWM2020.22.27
Collection number PR03239
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 9
Object type Letter, Manuscript, Newspaper cutting
Physical description 19 Image/s captured
Maker Saunders, Ian
Saunders, John Philip
Place made Korea
Date made 1953-1954; 2000
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953
Korea, 1953-1957 (Post-Armistice service - ceasefire monitoring)
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Papers relating to the Korean War service of 3/400868 Private John Philip 'Jack' Saunders, 3 Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, Korea, 1953-1954; c.2000.

Wallet 1 of 1 - Collection contains two letters from Private Saunders to his parents and son that he wrote while on active service. In the letters, Private Saunders describes the living and fighting conditions in Korea. Collection also contains two letters from members of 3rd Battalion who served with Private Saunders including 4400163 Private Glenn Brown and 2401292 Private Brian Thomas Davoren. In their letters, they describe the circumstances of Private Saunders' death. Private Saunders was reported missing in action following a patrol on 25 January 1953 and his body was never recovered. Collection also includes three newspapers cuttings that describe the return of Australian prisoners-of-war from Korea, and a tribute to Private Saunders that was written by his son, Ian Saunders in 2000.

This wallet contains:

Letter from John Philip Saunders to his parents, Korea, [date unknown];
Letter from John Philip Saunders to his son, Korea, [date unknown];
Letter from [4400163 Private] Glenn [Brown] to Gordon [surname unknown], Seacliff, [date unknown];
Letter from [2401292 Private] Brian Thomas Davoren to Gordon [surname unknown], Redfern, 8 July 1954;
Envelope addressed to Mrs. [C] Sheils at 6 Young Street, Queanbeyan, NSW;
Typescript of a tribute that was written by Jack's son, Ian Saunders, 26 January 2000;
"They were prisoners of the Chinese" by Ronald Austin Monson, The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW: 1931-1954) 9 May 1953, p. 11;
"Emotional welcome home for P.O.Ws." The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW: 1931-1954) 5 May 1953, p. 1; and
"Behind the Red lines" by Sally Clinch Baker, The Sun (Sydney, NSW: 1910-1954) 10 May 1953, p. 17.