Keepers of the gate : personal stories by NGVR soldiers : New Guinea Volunteer Rifles 1939-43 / Major Francis James 'Bob' Collins RFD (Rtd). Keepers of the gate : personal stories by New Guinea Volunteer Rifles soldier

Collection type Library
Author Collins, Frank James (Bob), author.; New Guinea Volunteer Rifles and Papua New Guinea Volunteer Rifles Ex Members Association, issuing body.;
Call Number F 940.548194 C712k
Document type Monograph
Year 2016.
Pagination xi, 400 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles ; 30 cm.
Publisher NGVR and PNGVR Ex-Members Association Inc., Dragonwick.
Note Includes index. National Library of Australia?s copy signed by author. "Who were the Keepers of the Gate? The New Guinea Volunteer Rifles (NGVR) ? one of the few Allied military units engaging the Japanese in New Guinea in early 1942. With aggressive patrolling and reconnaissance, the gate to the New Guinea Goldfields and central range south to Port Moresby and Australia remained closed to the enemy.Armed with WWI light infantry weapons, no air or artillery support, few rations, minimal ammunition supply, meagre medical services and limited communications, this poorly-traine d force was used to exhaustion and disbanded.Many of the men never served again due to the deprivations suffered; other, after rest returned to New Guinea and served in the Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit (ANGAU) and units which needed their PNG knowledge and experience. This is not a history of NGVR. These are the stories of thirty-seven NGVR soldiers ? stories which reveal why they were in New Guinea as civilians at that fateful time, their wartime and postwar experiences and the effect on the m and their families. The stories were written as told to Bob Collins, who served in PNGVR, the postwar CMF unit in Papua New Guinea. He met many ex-NGVR men and saw many areas where NGVR operated on the frontline. We are grateful to this small band of co urageous ad adventurous men, the Keepers of the Gate ? our front line of the Pacific War ? and these stories are a legacy these outstanding men deserve."--Back cover.
Place made Park Ridge, QLD : [Goonellabah, New South Wales] :

NGVR: Keepers of the Gate: New Guinea Volunteer Rifles-1942 -- RABAUL & NEW GUINEA ISLANDS: The Japanese Invasion and Its Aftermath -- Chapter 1 FISHER, Cpl (Dr) Norman Henry, OAM-NG608 - Escape from New Britain -- Chapter 2 LEO, Kam On-CAAD 107 - Chinese Auxiliary Ambulance Detachment -- Chapter 3 WILSON, Lt Francis ''Frank'' Robert-NG201 &NGX69 - NGVR & AIF Experiences -- Chapter 4 ROBINSON, Lt Alfred Lambton, DCM-NG 240 & NGX263 - Escape from Rabaul, the Tol Massacre & New Britain -- Chapter 5 STOKIE, Lt Leslie John, MC-NG 239 & NGX 450 - The Amazing Story of Private Stokie''s War in the Jungle ---- GOLD FIELDS & NEW GUINEA COAST: The Japanese Invasion and Its Aftermath -- Chapter 6 ARMITSTEAD, Cpl John Harley Leeson-NG 2279 & QX 32730 -Tales of NGVR, NGV R Navy & AN GAU Service -- Chapter 7 EMERY, Lt Robert ''Bob'' Eustace, MM-NG2001 - My NGVR Days in Madang, NGVR Navy & Markham ? Chapter 8 GOAD, Rfn John Crayston-NG2274 - A Rescue Mission ? Chapter 9 LEGA, Lt Thomas ''Tom'' William James, MM-NG 2244 & NGX385 - NGVR & ANGAU Snippets -- Chapter 10 O''LOGHLEN, Capt (Sir) Colman Michael-NG 2212 & NGX303 - New Guinea Times -- Chapter 11 DUNWOODIE, Sgt Alan Kirby-NG2336 &NGX423 - Second World War Experiences -- Chapter 12 LEE, S/Sgt Albert ''Bert'' Ernest-NG 2056 - N ew Guinea at War -- Chapter 13 HUXLEY, Sgt Richard James ''Jim''-NG 2161 & NGX 432 - NGVR & ANGAU Experiences -- Chapter 14 TSCHARKE, W02 Edwin G, AO, MBE-NG2480 - Some Memories of the Past: 1942-43 NGVR Experiences -- Chapter 15 GLOVER, Capt (Fr} John Corb ett-NG2460 &NGX304 - Evacuation from New Guinea -- Chapter 16 COCKRAM, W02 George Edward-NG 2246 & NGX426 - NGVR, Kanga Force & ANGAU -- Chapter 17 CAVALIERI, Lt Carlo-NG2234 &NGX388 - My Wartime Experiences -- Chapter 18 KEENAN, Sgt ThomasAlbert-NG2110 & NGX360 - NGVR & ANGAU Days -- Chapter 19 WONG, Pte Shui Hong-NG2448 - An Army Cook ? Chapter 20 HARRIS, Cpl Horace ''Horrie'' Lennox-NG2219 - Bankers in the Bush ? Chapter 21 SHEATH, Sgt Abel Richmond-NG 2380 - NGVR & Brisbane Workshop Days ? Chapter 22 SWA NSON, Sgt Neville Charles-NG2422 &NGX418 - Days in the NGVR & ANGAU ? Chapter 23 BURTON, Sgt Stanley Lionel-NG 2116 & NGX452 - Service During the War ? Chapter 24 BARKER, SgtAdrian-NG2185 &NGX435 - An Underage NGVR Soldier -- Chapter 25 McCAULEY, Cpl Henr y James-NG 2366 & NGX313 - My NGVR & ANGAU Days -- Chapter 26 DOLAN, Rfn Harry-NG2397 ? Memories -- Chapter 27 GOAD, Rfn Douglas Malcolm ''Mal''-NG 2291 & NX 167143 - NGVR & Small Ships Service -- Chapter 28 FRASER, Sgt Bruce-NG2421 &NGX419 - NGVR & Army Hi story -- Chapter 29 EMERY, Pte John Ransome-NG 2294 & NGX 284 - NGVR& Draftsman Experiences -- Chapter 30 CRISP, Cpl Richard Hedley ''Hedley'' -NG 604 & NX 94498 - NGVR & Artillery Service -- Chapter 31 OSBORNE, Sgt Harold Edward-NG 2252 & NGX375 - Harold O sborne & the NGVR -- Chapter 32 MILLS, W02 Bernard Harcourt ''Buster''-NG2112 - Bulolo-Markham River Area -- Chapter 33 PETERS, Rfn Edgar William ''Bill''-NG2372 - A Brief NGVR Experience -- Chapter 34 MONK, Lt Frederick Osborne ''Gerry'' -NG 2295 & NGX367 - My New Guinea Story -- Chapter 35 MILNE, Lt George Devereux-(NG not known) & SX21093 - An Accountant with ANGAU -- Chapter 36 MURPHY, Capt John Joseph-NG 2322 & NGX310 - The Trials of Mangrove Murphy -- Chapter 37 DABINETT, Rfn Ralph Francis-NG446 amended t o NG2266 - My Time in New Guinea.

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