8th Aust Division (Australian Army)

Accession Number 3DRL/0369
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 5 wallets: 4.5cm
Object type Papers
Maker Various
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 232/003/003
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection of manuscript material originally written and collected by Australian servicemen, with the idea of being used in a book publication after the war. The stories cover the period 1942 to 1945 and were written by 8th Division prisoners of war (POWs) of the Japanese during the period of captivity. They were collected by NX69235 Sergeant (Sgt) Charles David Griffin (known as David Griffin), who spent time as a POW in Changi prison. Contributions from various authors including Sgt S F Arneil, Capt J W Bennett, Major R S Bucknell, Hector Chalmers, Major B L W Clarke, A R Downer, C David Griffin, C E M Gunther, Capt N H Hill, L T Hodge, J Kemp, Capt Peter Madden, R G Matthews, Sapper Matthews, A Thompson, Gnr Beadman, Pte D Wall, P G Miller, Capt T W Mitchell, R N Moffitt, R C Morton, Lt E J Oraines, Sgt Parle, WO1 A H M Purdon, Cpl S Lad, F C Roche and Major C P Tracey. The stories cover such topics as hygiene, POW politics, workshops, and incidents of particular note such as the Barracks Square incident. Sgt Griffin returned to Australia after the war, and later became Sir David Griffin when he was knighted in 1974 for public service.