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We slept in sleeping bags. We had a houseboy to keep the place clean, him who was reluctantly taken after a few months of being there he was taken and put in the Korean army. He used to make sure that the — we used to call them chilters, these heaters for heating the tents up, he had to make sure he had enough petrol there to keep them going. And clean our boots and things like that. Oh not very much you were able to get, you had about six beer boxes for your stuff. Then you had your stretcher and then your little mat and then the next chap started his. And what sort of bedding would you have?
Yeah, a little mattress then the sleeping bag, that was during the winter and the summer you had, you just mostly went to sleep just in your underpants. It was as hot in winter as what it was cold. Hot in summer as what it is cold in winter. It goes to the extreme.
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Well, just rugged up as best we could. You had to, you had three pair of gloves that you could wear but. We had these choofers, the petrol going into the sand and they like drip, drip, drip, but if you wanted it up further,. The Brits lost a couple of tents and the drivers that used to come down from the different places they lost two or three tents. Some of them, it used to be very windy, very hot. They used to take the Poms down to the bath house and make them have a bath. They could only had a mobile bath out at,. They were all right, they were very good, 12 of us.
One a couple up from me he ended up becoming a Major. Billy Grogan right up the top he,. A couple of them died and a couple of them never heard anything more about them. There was another one, a major down at Redland, not Redland, Victoria Point. Oh well yes, yeah. He was sent down from one of the battalions and he used to sing at the top of his voice. Oh singing all different songs. And what sort of things would you do in the evening when you had a bit of spare time, would you spend time in your tent or somewhere else?
Well spend time in the tent, drinking or going to the pictures. We had a couple of concert parties. We had an American concert party. I had his name on I remember him the other day, went around doing concerts and things. And then we had a Vietnamese one,. The Yanks brought a complete show over. A big band, it went all through the units in Korea.
Yes where we were it was safe. There were, it was, they had a front line. Well most of it stopped, stopped in June. When the fighting was on it had stopped altogether and they built all these demarcation areas on both sides. And in the concert parties what sort of different acts would there be?
If you were lucky sometimes or once or twice I went to other units. I saw the, the only time that the three battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment were together, one, two and three was down at Camp Casey. And we went down,. What are you doing back here, get up the front! They marched them down. They had to march about 12 miles. Everything was getting a bit heavy by the time they got near us.
There was 16 Australians and Poms. He went to the boys, what do they call it? Oh just the way he talked, talked to you. Then we got a chap from the Grenadiers and he like the Australian bushrangers, he had been. He was quite a good man. Christmas we had two officers come around, it was an officer and sergeant come around. The officer gave us two bottle of Black and White whisky.
When it was ready for us to go to sleep, he got up and he was as sick as a dog. And I mean sick, he was sick all through his sleeping gear and all the stuff out. We had to throw him and his stuff out of the tent. But we had chicken, turkey,. It went down very well. We even got free beer from Australia, a couple of cans. Okay, you were talking about Christmas and the various things you got, what was the feeling like on Christmas day? Christmas day was good, nothing to do. Should go back to Christmas Eve really. The warrant officers and sergeants both the Australian and British Army done.
We did make friends with an American, a couple of Americans. One day there was this American MP by the looks of him and he had another American and he had the tripod of a gun strapped on his back and he was going up and down the road. And in the end after a couple of days the bloke came and brought him in with him and we had a few drinks.
And then we got pretty friendly with him after that and he got us, he used to get us C rations or American rations we used to supplement the British stuff with. I left, we left there myself and another chap towards the end of, between the middle of January and the end of January I went on leave to Tokyo. The train was a steam train up as far as Osaka and from there on it was an electric train, beautiful seating in the train.
The dining car was very good and all our meals were very good. They took us to Ebisu Camp and gave us leave of 21 days after. Then we caught, finished our leave and came back and went down by train to Hiro. Well before we get there I have some more questions about the work in Korea? A typical day, well we got up in the morning, down for breakfast. Then, I think we had about an hour off then we went. Only small jobs you know nothing over about ten hours of work. All the rest went back to either Seoul or back to Japan. Well they got over one problem of the engine blowing up, or not blowing up cracking the blocks,.
They had coolant I think it was and they were able to leave it in overnight. There has been and there was times when the wheels would be frozen to the road. You had to get down and, they generally had something else that was going and give them a big push and get them. So with the blocks freezing or cracking, sorry what exactly would you do to stop this happening? I think they got some coolant in the end and that stopped it. What about due to other conditions like dirt roads or anything like that was there anything coming up regularly?
How often would they need servicing either time wise or kilometre wise? Well they put it down that maintenance, on the front of vehicles they had maintenance day was Monday or Wednesday or Friday. You were supposed to do maintenance on them every week, once a week. That just goes to be seen. We had, we had an Australian water wagon which was ours, ours alone, no-one else was allowed to touch it. No, no, I mean none of the Poms were allowed to go near it. We stipulated that, kept. A lot of them were national serviceman. Just one thing but there was other things that they were good at.
But mainly there was a lot of. It was mainly because of the difference between the Australian vehicles and the British. And we were all mostly, all the vehicles that they had there were British. Were there any repairs that you used kind of improvisations or different things then the standard things? We used to take the parts off other vehicles that were going back to, back to Kure. There was a lot of that went on. When I was in Melaka, when I was at 3. Battalion at Terendak, there was a provo marshal came in, one of the crooks had died in town. Tell us was there any kind of trade for any goods and parts?
Did you trade things with different troops? No so much there. We used to get, no not much there. In Malaya — in Terendak it was. Was there a kind of black market kind of trade system going on at all? Oh not that I know of we used to. Oh there was the Yanks. The Yanks changed the engineers unit, it was the road maintenance and we. They might have been changing, some of the Yanks wanted hats we used to get hats for them, like the diggers hats. Well they used to, the Yanks used to like trading in beer. If you were really lucky you might get three cartons. So tell us what because you were late, towards the later part of Korea,.
Well we, not so much, we used to hear a bit about the, what the battalions were doing. But then when it came to the, we were going to have peace and all that. And it was going to be this and then exact day and nobody knew when it was going to.
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And at the weekend, on the weekend that it happened we went over and had a look at freedom village that the Yanks had made up. And everything, and then they decided to take up our camp and we moved everything over to another place about eight or nine miles away. And during your time at the camp had you come to see the sharp end of the war much? Would you know anything about casualties or meet any of the men which had been right at the fighting in your role?
Not, not then, no. We used to, like the driver used to come down with their vehicles, they had to stay with the vehicle they were issued with. Yeah they used to discuss it. And so tell us about the actual war end, how did you feel about it, peace coming? We lost a fair number of people there. How long all up did you have to stay stationed in Korea after the armistice? I believe 3 Battalion was the last battalion to come home. I think they were the last battalion out of there. So what were you doing for this period where there was an armistice but you were still there in Korea?
We still had plenty of work to do though and at that time, towards the end of January. Have a look around the place. We had two Jeeps we used to go, just look around the area close to the camp. Go down to Seoul, went down to Seoul one Sunday. Coming back the MPs got me for speeding. No not as far as I know. Tell us about being taken to Japan. Like you told us a bit briefly but tell us about that leave in Tokyo. Did you go out and party at all, go drinking? I went to, we had, one time we had an Ethiopian or Kenyan, a Yank, a Kiwi and myself all at one table drinking.
I ended up being good friends with a lot of them. Oh I suppose they did. In time to get out. What beers were you getting into there? What beers were you drinking? We used to get the girls and go into the hotel and stay the night. Shack up with them. Got there one night and all of a sudden the place started to shake like anything. Well I think they all had their mother and fathers in the Hiroshima — got killed in the Hiroshima bombing.
And so what would they want if they told you these kind of stories? Oh a lot of them shack up for a thousand yen or two thousand yen or something like that. She was one of the mess girls, she used to serve us our meal and this bloke apparently he insulted her and after that. They were there to be picked up, they knew you had, the Yanks first, Australian,. Kiwis and then the Poms and it sort of went like that. The Yanks got the most money we had the second best and then the others had lower than what we did.
We got down to Hiro and we were put into this Nissen hut and we had to stay in the camp. And then in the afternoon they give you all these pictures, a picture with special news from Australia, the Queen in Tonga, the Queen in Fiji, New Zealand, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and all that. We asked them why. But in the camp, when we were in the camp there was something, people were that bored and that they used to get into a lot of trouble.
And this bloke, particular bloke, he was a corporal, he hocked,. A chrome bayonet was only supposed to be for the guards, people on ceremonial guards anyhow he got busted from corporal to private. And there was others that got busted down, one bloke from a sergeant down to a private. But we used to get out now and again, we used to have to do escorts. There was a Canadian transport company with Japanese drivers and a corporal and a couple of privates used to go down as escorts on the trucks, down to Iwakuni.
On the way down they stopped at Hiroshima where that big shrine is now, where the atom bomb was. I nearly lost my hooks there one time I. Go and get your blankets and stay in your hut. And this bloke it was, came in he was going home on compassionate leave and he just gave him, the sergeant gave him my leave pass to save making out another one and this bloke, this other corporal he knew about it. And this bloke, the sergeant he got kicked out Japan and was sent to Philippines, transport officer there for the planes. But boy it was a go for a while there.
Well tell us about finishing up in Japan and then coming back to Australia? We had a war graves chap with us, he came over on the plane, the same plane as we came over on, he was going home and for some reason or other he shot himself. Did you notice anything about his mannerism in the lead up to this? No, nobody knew anything about it. They kept it all hush hush. I was getting near the time to come home too.
They just took us by truck, bus at least from Hiro down to Kure where we got on the New Australia. We went over to Pusan we picked up 2 Battalion. We were anchored out in Moreton Bay. We got off and we all went our own way and had to go out to Enoggera, Urunga at least to get the rest of our gear. I had leave and I went back to the workshops at Bulimba.
Nothing directly happened until January of I was posted to 6th Military District at Darwin. There was about ten of us nothing, we used to have to be gunners up there. We did royal salutes and things like that. One of the salutes we did was for the first Italian warship to enter Australian waters. We fired 21 guns and they fired That used to go on a fair bit. Do you know the end of the Esplanade up near the —?
Well they used to have the guns there and point them out to sea. I forget what parliament it was. It was the opening of the Northern Territory Parliament by.
He came up there and done the opening, we had a guard of honour for him. Well you had four of them and they had to go at a certain time and the artillery men were behind you. And we must have done about five or six of them while I was there. While I was there they got four replacement Jeeps and four new trucks but they had to go down to Alice Springs to get them so the transport people and a couple of RAEME people went down and got them.
What was that turn out? Oh yeah while I was there they had a request come up from Canberra. Anyhow they had the rice paddocks at Humpty Doo and the geese were feeding on them so they sent two blokes down there on a truck and they set up camp and instead. There was about three, three maybe four lots of people went down there and stayed for a week and after that they just said it was getting too costly for them and they stopped it. And they were in Smith Street at a pub there and there was approximately 10, sailors and. So the shore patrols come along, cut off both ends of the town, got the council dump trucks and made them swab the decks.
They had to clean up all their mess. I think it was close to say, you could safely say about men. We had three parts. Frances Bay was the ammunition area. East Point was the artillery area and Larrakeyah was. We had some funny things happen, two with snakes. But one night there, there was a hell of a commotion and you could hear this dog whimpering and he went down there and there was a python, it got the dog, strangling it.
Get into it Paddles! Come on, get him off you Paddles! But the funniest one was a certain captain and his wife were there, in the married quarters. And she went to the toilet and there was a python in the toilet and she ended up running down the road with her pants around her legs. He ended up coming to Queensland in a box. You know in a proper box for carting animals around in. Engineers — his Northern Territory badge and his chevrons onto his shirt with Tarzan strip.
Oh what kind of a bloke was he? He knew everything, had done everything. He was an electrician, knew his job though. We went to, we used to go to Tiwi Island, Melville Island and pick up the natives. They used to stink when they come from the Island. Then we used to take them back again after a month or two months, or three months I think it was. All the money was going. He made them give back all the money, he counted all of it, it was the right amount. There will probably be some red lead on here.
And they all got off, straight away underneath the trees the cards were out again. What were they, why were you picking them up and what were they doing with the island? They used to be like doing, or working in the kitchen, cleaning the kitchen stuff, general duties around the camp. Yeah they were very good. So I met her and after that we went to the ball and then we got engaged, got married up there. Went down the Mataranka for our honeymoon, came back and there was not a place open in Darwin to get anything for tea. Even the old pie shop behind the, now here we. So we found a tin of something and had that.
My first child was born up there. And what was it about Margaret that made you want to have a relationship with her when you first met her? Margaret, the only Margaret, I was thinking of the Margaret Mary vessel. How did you, you know with you working and this sort of thing, how did you manage to see each other and develop a relationship? There used to be, well there was the Star picture show in town, the RAAF had a picture show and we had a picture show. I used to take her to the army pictures and then back into Marina House which was good. Then when we got married we got.
And then we got married quarters. There were two sinks in the dining room and two sinks in the bedroom I think it was. And then they gave us a married quarter down in Close Street, we stayed there until we left there in 57, June No, I think it was June 57, yeah it would be. We came, we went by plane down to Adelaide, I had leave there and then we came up here, I had. So they sent me down to the transport compound and we worked down there. I might just ask you a few more questions about some of the Aboriginal people that you had working on the —?
How was this kind of work organised to, how did they get the job in a sense? They all liked doing it, getting away from the wives, you know and the kids and then they come over here, they come over to the mainland and they had a, they used to have a good time over here. Especially like with the football, they played football. They were treated good, yeah. When they come over they got an issue of shorts and army. They used to wear them around the place. They were treated pretty well I think, they used to get their meals and all that.
But they used to get bags, bags of sugar to take home with them. The back of the boat you could just say it was nearly like that. They could talk English when they want to. I did have, I was driving for a Parish down here when I finished the army and I had to go out the airport and pick about. We went around, got to Darwin the second time we booked a flight to Melville Island and one. When did you hear the news that you might be going overseas to Malaya? I was, I come back to Bulimba and then they sent me over to Maianbar.
I had a year at Maianbar then I had a. Just tell me quickly about some of the things you were doing at Canungra? And we had two trucks with spare parts in the back of them so I had to build this cage and then we. Some we had to ring up ordnance at J Thorne when they were there and get the part numbers. And we got everything but a couple of nuts belonging to some sort of truck. We had a sad moment down there once, there was some CMF people down there and.
So with the help of a local police we had to drag the part where we thought he was, where the body was. Anyhow he got sick of us trying to do this and he rang up Beaudesert and got a boat and a grappling hook and they found him after about ten minutes. Well he had too much pack and that on. You know all of his equipment was, you know he was only supposed to go in and come up again or something like that.
We had a funny one. The colonel went through the bear pit and he.
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We used to call it the bear pit, it used to stink like anything. And the CO went over it and he broke his leg. He came, the quartermaster came down and said. Oh we heard there were Communists there and they were still after them. Mostly what people talked about was what they did and outside of the, in their spare time. I was quite happy when I got a posting there. Our third son he went to,. The two big boys they went to the Mountbatten School. So it was a bit of a fight on the way with that. It was run by the Brits. Lots of the things, it was all together different to Australian teaching.
More British style teaching then what. Oh they lapped it up. Everything would be like 25 cents each or something like that and. See their first Christmas there we got them bikes.
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And the youngest Chris he got a, we got him a scooter, it was an exact replica of the Vesper scooters. They were very, two training wheels at the side so he had a good time with that. And what sort of, like how did they fit in with any of the local culture or get to? Well there was a thing called Ramadan. In the Ramadan we heard about this so we went down to the place. And there were hundreds, believe me hundreds of buses there, people from all over Malaya. And we had Bill, Stephen, Barry and Chris, four of us.
He was glad to see us and we were glad to see him. And you always see, you hear it on the radio of such and such being arrested for doing so and so during Ramadan. It was an eye-opener. As far as I know she liked it. No she liked it. In the beginning she had two servants, one was a — oh they are supposed to do, both be doing things around the house, housemaids. We had a gardener who used to come around. We had the boot boy he used to polish the boots each night. They were brick or stucco, put stucco over them I think. You had, downstairs you had a dining room,.
I think and upstairs you had two bedrooms down that end, a shower recess, the shower and then the main bedroom and on the other side it was turned over. The main bedrooms were at each end then. In Malaya we were fixing vehicles. When we went out to the bush we had to do infantry work.
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And they said to me that I would go, I had to go and so many of my craftsmen had to come with us. The first time we went, we went to Seremban by truck down to Singapore by train and. Now Kuantan is approximately in line with the sinking of the Renown and another British ship at the beginning of the war. And it was November, it was in November and I went down. And we heard that Kennedy had got killed. They made us walk or march down to the trucks and we must have spent about an hour in the rain, standing around waiting to get on the trucks.
And we got on the trucks and we had to have. And it was hot and there was nothing you could do about it. Anyway they brought from Kuantan back to Terendak camp where we immediately got home as quick as we could and got changed, next day back to work again. It would, you had to have a certain element of support. Just part of our training with the battalion. And as sort of infantry members what sort of weapons did you carry with you? We had one chap I think it was the first time I went up to Sik.
First time, this was another exercise we went on, we went as far as Ipoh on one and. Sik is up like Butterworth, Gurun and then into Sik. And then where the battalion was doing their border patrol was up like where we turned off they went straight ahead. And they were up there and one of the officers was going up the hill and he must have put his Owen gun down too hard and he got shot and the bullet went around in his head. He had a tin plate in his head, or steel plate in his head.