Nixon, Robert Peter Fletcher (Private, b.1923 - d.?)

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Accession Number PR01763
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Memoir
Maker Nixon, Robert Peter Fletcher
Place made Australia
Date made Unknown
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Description

Memoir written by NX91319 Private Nixon about his service with 2/25 Battalion during the Second World War. Nixon writes about his enlistment in Sydney in 1942 and his training in Dubbo, New South Wales, jungle training in Port Moresby and patrols in Nadzab, Markham Valley and Dumpu in 1943. He describes in detail the poor quality of his diet, skin complaints suffered by the soldiers and tobacco shortages. After contracting malaria he was air lifted to Port Moresby and sent back to Australia on the hospital ship Manunda in January 1944. Nixon later rejoined his battalion in Brisbane, in August 1944 and was sent to Balikpapan, in June 1945. He briefly mentions contact with the Japanese and receiving news of the Japanese surrender.