Don, Malcolm Stuart (Corporal, b.1911 - d.1943)

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Accession Number PR01810
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: .5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Postcard
Maker Don, Malcom Stuart 'Mick'
Twaits, Douglas Gordon
Place made Germany
Date made 1939-1944
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition
Description

Collection relating to the Second World War service of NX2466 Corporal Malcolm Stuart 'Mick' Don, 2/1 Australian Infantry Battalion, Second Australian Imperial Force, Australia and Germany, 1939-1944.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Collection consists of document and postcards relating to Corporal Don’s enlistment, time as a Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag XIII-C, Hammelburg am Main, Germany, and his death while a POW. It contains:
1x Notice to Applicant for Enlistment, Willoughby, New South Wales, 6 October 1939
1x Postcard from Corporal Don to his mother, Mrs Ethel Maude Don, Stalag XIII-C, Germany, 13 November 1942. On the postcard, Corporal Don writes about receiving mail and the cold weather.
1x Bound postcards from VX8804 Corporal Douglas Gordon Twaits to his father, Mr Angus Gordon Twaits, Stalag XIII-C, Germany, 1 February 1944. On the postcards, Corporal Twaits writes about the illness and death of Corporal Don.

History / Summary

Corporal Malcolm Stuart "Mick" Don enlisted to the Second Australian Imperial Force on 3 November 1939. He served with 2/1 Australian Infantry Battalion in the Middle East and Greece, but was captured in 1941 in Crete whilst fighting against the German land and airborne invasion. He was interned as a Prisoner of War (no. 10237) in Stalag XIIIc (Stalag 383) in Hammelburg am Main, Germany, where he conducted boxing and wrestling classes for fellow inmates. Corporal Don died of meningitis on 12 April 1943, aged 31. He was given a funeral with full military honours, attended by 4000 Allied troops interned in the camp. He is buried at Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany.