Below: Melbourne Cup Frog Race 1942 – won by 2/4th’s ‘Bluey’ Semple
‘One Sunday, the nearest to Melbourne Cup Day, the Australians decided to run their own cup. Frogs were the contestants. A West Australian, Bluey Semple (WX7532) appeared in jockey’s colours with a riding whip. Nobody knew where they came from. Appropriately his frog won, and he was presented with the cup – half a coconut on a stand.’
Harold succumbed to beri beri and tragically died at the age of 37 years on 15 April 1945 at Pakan Baroe, Sumatra.