Carved chess set : Lance Corporal H Beitsch, 2/3 Reserve Motor Transport Company

Accession Number REL30302
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Wood
Maker Beitsch, Hector
Place made Netherlands East Indies: Java
Date made c 1943-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Complete carved chess set made of dark and light woods using a lathe and hand carving.

History / Summary

Chess set made by NX66750 Hector Beitsch during his internment as a prisoner of war by the Japanese. Beitsch, a mechanic from Bankstown, enlisted on 6 January 1941 after reducing his age by one year to appear 39. He joined 2/3 Reserve Motor Transport Company, serving as a Lance Corporal. After serving briefly in Singapore he was sent to Java in February 1942 and was posted as missing in April. He was confirmed as a prisoner of war in September 1943 and spent time in camps on Java, Burma and Thailand. He returned to Australia in November 1945 and was discharged on compassionate grounds on 20 March 1946.