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ID number F07355
Title Rabaul Cemetery, Japanese build compound to hold war criminals
Collection Film
Object type To be confirmed
Maker Thain, Ernest Robertson (Cinematographer)
Place made Pacific Islands: Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain, Gazelle Peninsula, Rabaul Area, Rabaul
Date made 26 September 1945
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Measurement 1 min 43 sec
Video Download video 7.61 MB
Note Open


During the Japanese occupation of Rabaul, the European cemetery was used as a dump. Scenes show extensive damage and desecration of graves by Japanese troops. Japanese prisoners are seen constructing a compound to house war criminals while awaiting trial. Also arrival at Rabaul of 32 (VX63396) Lieutenant General John Northcott, CB, MVO. Scenes include the broken headstone of Captain B C A Pockley, first Australian soldier to be killed in the 1914-1918 War (11 September 1914).

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