Walter William Augustus (Mick) Button, as a Private, 55/53rd Battalion, interviewed by Daniel Connell for the Keith Murdoch Sound Archives of Australia in the War of 1939-45

Accession Number S00584
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 50 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TDK AD60; two track mono
Maker Button, Walter William Augustus (Mick)
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Newcastle, Warners Bay
Date made 14 June 1989
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the war of 1939-45

Discussing pre-war employment; formation of 53rd Battalion; AIF/Militia conflict; embarkation for New Guinea on the Aquitania; landing at Port Moresby; first raid on Port Moresby; lack of training and equipment; conditions on Kokoda Trail; pride in unit effort and camaraderie at Kokoda; retreat from Kokoda; health; food supplies; description of bombing of the Macdhui; scrouging supplies in Port Moresby; contact with American personnel; return to Australia; posting to Intelligence Headquarters towards wars end; reflections on war service.