Wood, Alan (Historian, Services Reconnaissance Department, AIF) Wallet 5 of 22

Accession Number PR85/325.005
Collection type Private Record
Record type Item
Object type Papers
Maker Wood, Alan
Date made 1943-1985
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/118/030
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Period 1980-1989

Collection compiled by Alan Wood in preparation to write the history of Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD) commissioned by the Z Special Unit Association. This wallet consists of correspondence, notes and annotations between Alan Wood and Bertram Charles ‘Bob’ Long (WX16705), Charles ‘Fred’ Sanderson (QX11361) Kelvin Walter Hallam (TX16283), Donald Leslie Horsnell (SX3396) and Philip Henry (NX84226) related to operations in Borneo during the Second World War.
- Letter from Marge and Bob Long (WX16705) to Alan and Nancy Wood referring to gathering information on Semut 1, Bayswater W.A., 19 June 1984
- Letter from Marge and Bob Long to Alan Wood about receiving Semut 1 maps and Chas Hardy's story (Charles McPherson Hardy VX75857), and having letters from Robert Goh of Sabah, Borneo; Bayswater W.A. 3 November 1983
- Letter from Marge and Bob Long to Alan Wood thanking him for the official Semut 1 records, mentions Charles Hardy’s account and letters from Robert Goh, and national reunion arrangements, mentions Robert Goh of Sabah being 11 in 1945 and Goh's memories of hiding as his stepfather was assisting Eric Edmeads and passing on information Bayswater W.A.
- Letter from Bob Long to Alan Wood mentions letters from Robert Goh, stepson of one of Tom Harrisson’s (VB300861) closest supporters, Bigar Deboi. Letter mentions accuracy of the silk maps during the operation, Bayswater W.A. 8 August 1983.
- Letter from Bob Long to Alan Wood about writing on Semut operations as a wireless operator, use of Auster aircraft on a 'hopelessy short' bamboo landing strip.
- Copy of a letter from Marge and Bob Long to Fred [Sanderson] about writing the Semut story and his wireless operator experience. Long lists eight operatives dropped into Bario as part of Operation Semut II, Bayswater W.A. 4 April 1983
- Copy of a note by Alan Wood about C.F [Fred] Sanderson's donation of material to the Australian War Memorial on the Semut I operation in Sarawak
- Sheet headed 'more addition Allen' includes Major Carter's comments about no message from Semut I since they were dropped into Borneo.
- Letter from Fred [Sanderson] to Alan Wood enclosing a copy of a letter from Kel Hallam on the history of 'Airlie', a property where Military Intelligence was located during the war years, Charlestown N.S.W. 28 December 1983.
- Note with contact details of Ken Merrick, 200 Flight Historian
- Note from K. W. Hallam to Alan Wood, giving permission to pass on a copy of the enclosed letter to Godfrey Courtney (Jumbo), Taroona, Tas. 20 June 1984
- Letter of thanks from Don Horsnell to Alan Wood for assistance on a War Widows Pension effort, East Bentleigh, Vic., 4 May 198[3]
- Letter from Don Horsnell to Alan Wood introducing himself and offering photos from the trip down the River Akar to Kubu Akar and his silk map, East Bentleigh, Vic
- Letter from Philip Henry to Alan Wood offering to provide information, Robinvale, Vic, 16 February 1983
- Copy of a newspaper article, The Borneo Bulletin, November 20 1982, 'A man from the backroom..' on the role of John Finlay as the 'backroom organiser' of special operations. The cutting is annotated to Sandy [Fred Sanderson] from Kel Hallam
- Copy of C. Sanderson's DCM citation 1 December 1982
- Letter from Kel Hallam to Alan Wood covering extract from Ring of Fire on Operations Agas and Semut and a map of Sarawak and Brunei. The extract and map are annotated with corrections of the Ring of Fire extract. Taroona, Tas., 8 August 1984
- Letter from Kel Hallam to Alan Wood with accounts of his experiences with Dayaks and Japanese and his work with Toby Carter, Bill Sochon and R.K. Wilson, with a copy of Wilson's citation for an award for Hallam. Taroona, Tas., 19 June 1984
- Letter from Kel Hallam to Alan Wood refers to his Semut II operation outline being given to the Australian War Memorial and inaccurate Japanese numbers in Ring of Fire. Taroona, Tas., 12 June 1984