Informal portrait of officers of the 2/21st Battalion relaxing under a tree prior to their departure to Ambon in December 1941.  Many of these men later died in captivity.  Identified left to right ...
ID numberP03156.003
Collection typePhotograph
Object type
  • Black & white
  • Landscape
Place madeAustralia: Northern Territory, Darwin
Date made1941
Physical description
  • Black & white
  • Landscape
DescriptionInformal portrait of officers of the 2/21st Battalion relaxing under a tree prior to their departure to Ambon in December 1941. Many of these men later died in captivity. Identified left to right (sitting under tree only): 377308 Lieutenant (Lt) Rodney Charles (Rod) Gabriel, Intelligence Officer; VX48124 Captain (Capt) Charles Henry Patmore, Chaplain, accidentally killed as a prisoner of war (POW) in Ambon on 15 February 1943; VX43876 Major (Maj) Mark William Horton Newbury, Officer Commanding, Headquarters Company, executed in the massacre at Laha, Ambon on 6 February 1942 after surrendering to the Japanese; VX44353 Lt John Leslie Davis, C Company, executed in the massacre at Laha, Ambon on 6 February 1942 after surrendering to the Japanese; NX45192 Lt Noel Sinclair Thomas; VX31470 Lt William (Bill) Aitken, Regimental Medical Officer; VX41587 Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Leonard Nairn (Len) Roach, Commanding Officer.