Australian troops explain why they have signed on for a second tour of duty in Japan as members of the Australian component of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF). Address by Lieutenant General Northcott Commander of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) on the first anniversary of the arrival of BCOF in Japan

Place Asia: Japan, Kure
Accession Number S00016
Collection type Sound
Measurement 59 min 39 sec
Object type Oral history
Physical description sound disc (lacquer); AWA; 78 rpm; mono; 12 inch
Maker Various
Northcott, John
Amalgamated Wireless Australasia Ltd (AWA)
Place made Japan: Kure
Date made 13 February 1947
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
British Commonwealth Occupation Force, 1946-1952 (Japan)

Item copyright: Commonwealth of Australia copyright

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The interviewees discuss the living conditions and some discuss their duties as members of BCOF. The recordings were made in Japan and played in Australia to encourage new recruits to join BCOF. Where mentioned on the recording the interviewee's unit is noted in brackets. The following personnel were recorded: Corporal Gordon Taylor of Peterhead, South Australia; Sergeant Albert Viney of St Mary's, New South Wales; Private Kevin Rosenstengel(?) of Ashgrove, Queensland; Private Desmond Howard of Griffith, NSW; Private Michael Tuet of Kingaroy, Qld; Private David Balnave(?) of Hurstville, NSW; Corporal John Platoff of Strathfield, NSW; Sapper Wallace Young of Balgowlah, NSW; Sapper Don Nevitt of Adelaide, SA; Sapper Jim Nayland of McKinnon, Victoria; Sapper Norm Sacree(?) of Burwood, Victoria; Sergeant Eric Morgan of Kogarah, NSW; Driver James Opreh(?) of Liverpool, NSW; Private Patrick Stapleton of Bondi Junction, NSW; Sergeant Colin Smith of Largs Bay, SA; Sergeant Fred Cavanagh of Northcote, Victoria; Private Harold Kineen of Wagga Wagga, NSW; Driver Vincent Smith of Willoughby, NSW; Driver Sidney McAnally of Tempe, NSW; Private Charles Pearce of Denmark, Western Australia; Private Ray Hutchinson of Richmond, Victoria; Private Dick Stevens or Stephens of Caulfield, Vic; Sergeant Cecil Hazelton of Northam, WA; Private Lance Philpot of Bankstown, NSW; Staff Sergeant Dennis McNamarra of Carlton, NSW; Private James Bienna(?) of Geelong, Vic; Private Ronald Govey(?) of Murwillumbah NSW; Private William Bullard of Hay, NSW; Private Allen Metheringham of Mornington, SA; Private W N Cunningham of Carlton, NSW; Private Clarence Doyle of Greta, NSW; Private Bob Handle of South Brisbane, Qld; Sergeant Cecil Wilson of Auburn, NSW; Private Neville Prety(?) of East Burwood, Vic; Private John MacIntosh of Forster, NSW; Private Charles Brock of Midland Junction, WA; Lance Corporal Eric Robinson of Prospect, SA; Sergeant Laurie Roper of Oatley, NSW; Sergeant Major Ted Bissett of Centennial Park, NSW; Corporal Claude Fitzgerald of Warwick, Qld; Corporal Harold Bryson of Geelong, Vic; Sergeant Mick Murphy of Burwood NSW; Sergeant Tom Nielson of Morningside, Qld; Sergeant John Gregg of North Bondi, NSW; Sergeant George Scofield of Hamilton, Vic; John Jamison of Carlton, Vic Sergeant Major Arnold Warren of Adelaide, SA; Staff Sergeant Don Stirling of Townsville, Qld; Private Mike Sloan of Bondi Junction, NSW; Private Ron Duggan of Manly, NSW; Corporal Norm Wilde of North Melbourne, Vic Corporal Jack Summers of Mount Gravatt, Qld; Private Basil Slaughter of Maylands, WA; Private Ern Meak(?) of Bullaroo, NSW; Staff Sergeant Don Lochran(?) of Yea, Vic; Sergeant Ron Grey or Gray of Prospect SA; Captain John Guy(?) of Camberwell, Vic; Major J F Reid (OC 41 Advanced Supply Depot) of Springwood, NSW; Private Bill Foster of Baldwin, Vic; Staff Sergeant Harold Blakewell of St. Kilda, Vic; Sergeant Tom Lawrie (168 Australian General Transport Company) of Geelong, Vic; Lance Corporal Sid Beazley of Petersham, NSW; Driver Wally Sirett(?) of St. Kilda, Vic; Driver Joe Vella (6th Australian Motor Ambulance Company) of Newtown, NSW; Private Dale Hicks (168 General Transport Company) of Carnegie, Vic; Private Athol Affleck (168 General Transport Company) of Forster NSW; Staff Sergeant Jim Hall of Earlwood, NSW; Sergeant Bill Blair of Glebe Point, NSW; Sergeant Harry Chamberlain (Australian Corps of Signals) of St. Kilda, Vic. END OF RECORDINGS