William Archibald (Bill) Elliott, as a Sergeant, 55/53rd Battalion, interviewed by Daniel Connell for the Keith Murdoch Sound Archives of Australia in the War of 1939-45

Accession Number S00585
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 30 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TDK AD60; two track mono
Maker Elliott, William Archibald (Bill)
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Newcastle
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; enlistment and training; formation of 53rd Battalion; inadequacy of training period prior to embarkation for New Guinea; arrival in Port Moresby; inadequacy of supplies; bombing of MV Macdhui; moving out of Port Moresby and onto Kokoda Trail; first contact with Japanese Forces; death of Colonel Ward and reaction by battalion; battalion morale; withdrawal from Kokoda to Port Moresby; battalion portrayed as 'rabble'; amalgamation with 55th Battalion and new officers; action at Soputa; high casualty rate in battalion; return to Australia; contact with American forces in Townsville; Japanese atrocities; compound duties in Rabaul; demobilisation; post-war employment.