End of War newspaper stories – POWs returning, War Trials, tragedies.

Below:  Did you know Joe Pearce’s sisters were famous Australian hockey players, Team Captain?

Below:  Horrifying news now went into print – these  headlines would have distressed families of POWs not yet located?



Below:  8th Division POWs shot by firing squad for attempting escape from Mergui, South Burma June 1942..  Remember NX10429 Robert Goulden (transferred to 2/4th) was shot by Japanese at Victoria Point, South Burma on 12 July 1942.  Goulden had been recaptured having attempted to escape.



Below:  Trials from Jesselton, North Borneo – murder of three men from ‘Z’ Force, captured 1944


Below:  Were former POWs afraid to have a free Repat Medical Check-up?  Or did they simply wish to get on with their lives?

Below:  Report of higher-ranked Japanese Officers being arrested.


Below:   A  reporter picks up on George Gwynne’s story of operating ‘horse racing’ at POW Camps.


Below:  first personal news reaches WA – incl. Capt A W Thomas and mention made of Lt. Col Anketell.




Below:  January 46 – news one of their own, John Hill, a  POW survivor drowns in Queensland

Below:  Doug Horn’s best man is Des Colevas, 1946


Below:  Sandakan/North Borneo Story