Wallet 1 of 1 - Letters from John Bertram 'Skippy' Skipworth to his wife, Betty Skipworth, 1945-1946

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Accession Number AWM2020.22.216
Collection number AWM2018.532.1
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Wallet
Item count 2
Object type Letter
Physical description 15 Image/s captured
Maker Skipworth, John Bertram
Place made Australia: Western Australia
Date made 1945-1946
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Description

Collection relating to the Second World War service of F3735 Able Seaman John Bertram 'Skippy' Skipworth, HMAS Shropshire, Royal Australian Navy, Japan and Western Australia, 1945-1946.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Collection consists of two letters and two envelopes from Able Seaman Skipworth to his wife, Betty Skipworth (née Trowse). The first letter was written on 2 September 1945, the day of the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender. In this letter, Skipworth writes about seeing a large number of Allied aircraft flying above Tokyo Bay, attending a church service, hearing about the signing of the Instrument on the radio, his ability to fall asleep anywhere, and visiting other ships in the bay. This letter is accompanied by an envelope bearing the signatures of many of Skipworth’s shipmates and an ink drawing of a sailor. In his second letter, written from HMAS Leeuwin in Western Australia and dated 6 May 1946, Skipworth writes about being woken up by two rowdy shipmates, preparing ammunition for a funeral ceremony, leave arrangements, receiving mail from home, and his first time driving a Jeep. This letter also includes a note regarding their future living arrangements.