As summer gets under way in Korea, the troops of 28 British Commonwealth Infantry Brigade are ...

Accession Number MELJ0085
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 120 safety base
Maker Meldrum, Donald Albert (Tim)
Place made Korea
Date made 24 May 1954
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


As summer gets under way in Korea, the troops of 28 British Commonwealth Infantry Brigade are taking time off from training and working on their Kansas defence line positions to prepare for the 1st Commonwealth Division Athletic Carnival. The carnival will be held on 26 June, and meanwhile, unit athletics contests are being held to select representatives for the big meeting. An athletics field in Korea is a far cry from the grassy ovals and cinder tracks of Australia. Normally it is a reasonably flat piece of valley, bordered by overgrown paddy fields, and an inch or so deep in fine red dust. Few of the soldier-athletes have spikes or shorts, and hurdles etc., are often improvised, but competition, in gym shoes, socks or bare feet, is just as keen as home. The 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) held its elimination contest on Monday 24 May, the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) will hold its meeting on Sunday, and 28 Brigade elimination contest will be held on 9 June. One of the best performances of the day at 3RAR's meeting was 335044 Lieutenant (Lt) D C J (Derek) Deighton's shot-put. Lt Deighton, who is one of Australia's best shot-putters, distanced 40 feet 5 inches. Lt Deighton is from Melbourne, Vic and is a member of A Company. He has been in Korea for 10 months and last year set a new inter-service record for the shot-put. (Original British Commonwealth Forces Korea (BCFK) Public Relations caption).

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