Malayan moments

Accession Number F03436
Collection type Film
Measurement 24 min
Object type Home movie
Physical description 8mm standard/b&w/silent
Maker Lewis, Wallace Chaurel
Wall, Donald
Place made Malaya: Johore, Mersing, Malaya: Malacca, Singapore
Date made August 1941-December 1941
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Troops marching 2/20 Battalion Mersing, late 1941. Leaders following NX35012 Captain (Capt) R J D Richardson D Coy Serebam area. Battalion on route march. Lieutenant Stanistreet. Sgt Cullen. Sgt Berthold with towel around his neck followed by NX50447 Wally Lewis (died POW 21 January 1944 Japan); NX33004 Gordon Storey (died POW 27 March 1945 Borneo). Tall officer - later NX34852 Major W A Carter - Sergeant (Sgt) C Lewis (Wally's brother), Capt Gibbings (Naoetsu POW) followed by CSM Lothian Sgt Dave Speer, Private (Pte) Percy Peak. Sgt. Wannen. Corporal (Cpl) Ron Spurway. Gordon Storey (died Borneo) with Bren gun. Close up of Gordon Storey with Keith Hollis behind. NX34885 Capt Frank Gaven leading. Trenches at Mersing 2/20 Battalion. Trenches 15 Platoon 2/18 Battalion Lieut. Jock Pringle leading. Seaview Hill. Trench digging Transport Pl. 2/20 Battalion. ‘B’ Company position Mersing. Training. Parade ground Mersing - HQ Company. Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) Blackie (died Borneo) handing over to NX35117 Capt Lowe (KIA 9 February 1942 Krangi) Left Colonel Robertson (died Naoetsu, Japan) - Capt Lowe. Band under Cpl Woods (died Thailand). Movement of the battalion by transport from Port Dickson to Mersing August 1941. Mersing. 2/20 Battalion Endau. 2/18 Battalion line Mersing October 1941. Light Aid Detachment (LAD) in the field. Three Poole brothers from Yenda, NSW (Jack Poole on the right the other two brothers NX35866 Pte G. Poole died POW 1 October 1944 Japan & NX35707 Pte R.S. Poole died 14 June1943 POW, Malaya); Pte Don Wall in tent. This film was put together with aid of a table lamp. HQ Company 2/20 Battalion. David Thompson of Goulburn, NSW fixing fence. Near Endau waterfront Roger Mort (KIA). Unit carriers. Testing carriers - Bert Johnson (died Borneo); NX32936 L/Cpl Brinkman (died 7 March 1945 Borneo) - intelligence - died Borneo. Mersing camp. 2/10 Field Regt mascot Mersing. These shots taken St Patrick's School occupied by 2/13 AGH Nurses and Nurse from 2/10 AGH - SFX10594 Matron Irene M. Drummond (massacred 16 February 1942 Banka Island), seated centre Sister Gorood on the right VFX61330 Lieut Vivian Bullwinkel (died 3 July 2000) only survivor of the Banka Island massacre). Lieut Bullwinkel appears again second on the left. Matron Drummond with Captain Conlan, of Lockhard NSW, Medical Officer, NX51547 Cpl N.J. Ferguson, (died POW 20 June 1945 Borneo), unit postman. Pte Joe Wilson in front of tent - Wilson won DCM at Mersing and survived the war. Inter-unit football at Mersing. August- September 1941 reinforcements arrive. Motor Transport Company based in Singapore (note these men were much older allocated to transport). Pte Joe Wilson DCM. General Gordon Bennett arrived with aide Lieutenant Gordon Walker. Bennett with CO of the unit - never questioned Pte Don Wall for having a movie camera. Commander in Chief Far East Air Marshal Sir Brooke Popham with helmet Brigadier Taylor - General Bennett. Brigadier Callaghan with car in background - he later took over from Bennett. Play day on Mersing river. All these houses were on front line position and were destroyed. The Mersing Bridge - later the centre span was blown out. Drying white bait. Mersing ‘A’ Coy area. Malay wedding Port Dickson. Australian Ted Doig talking to native. The bride looked like a stuffed doll. the groom arrives. ‘Toddy Walla’ Mersing. Scenes outside of camp. Edau river. Scene in Singapore. Singapore Harbour 1941 (October). Two AIF - from left Benjamin , McKenzie of Wagga Wagga 2/19 Battalion. Saint Andrews Cathedral used as hospital during the fighting on Singapore Island. Government building Raffles Hotel. War Memorial Padang. Enlarging Singapore 1941. Cathay the largest multi-storey building last days of Singapore - used as Hospital - was shelled with many dead and buried in shell holes at road junction nearby. Scene in Singapore. Haw Par Villa Pte Don Wall on an elephant. Primitive Malays beyond Endau. The village of Endau – ‘C’ Coy 2/20 outpost. Place was full of Japanese 5th columnist - note the one with helmet. Back in Seremban - Chinese funeral. Rickshaw driver telling me about No.1 prostitute. Scenes in Singapore. Scene - Seremban. Chinese school. Barracks Port Dickson. Aelphi Hotel barricaded. Singapore outside Anzac Club. Another funeral. Driving through Segamit. Mersing. Malay mosque Port Dickson. Port Dickson. Malacca Straits - these were the first shots to test the camera.

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