HMAS Speaker, Manila to Sydney 1945

HMS Speaker 1945 – Sydney Harbour
Australian ex-prisoners of war en route from Japan at the 3rd Australian Prisoner of War Reception Group Camp. Identified, left to right: WX10104 Sergeant H. Jacobs (Perth WA), 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion; SX8679 Private (Pte) Harold William Nilson (Adelaide SA), 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion; VX38230 Pte James Arthur Newman, 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion waiting to embuss at No 8 Camp for embarkation on HMAS Speaker.


2/4th men arrived Sydney HMS ‘Speaker’ from Manila 1945. There were approximately 500 PoWs on board. ‘Cowboy’ Matthews 2nd from Rt. If you recognise these men please contact us.


Probably Manila, Philippines. c. September 1945. Former Prisoners of War (POWs), probably of the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion previously held at Wakinohama POW camp, stand outside a camp building, about to have a welcome bottle of beer at the No. 5 Replacement camp near Manila. They were at the camp prior to their return home. (Donor J. Lane)