Donald George Melbourne Matheson was born on the 19th of July, 1904 in Waiki, New Zealand, and enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in 1917 at the age of just 13. Once his age became known, however, he was sent back to school, and after two more attempts at enlisting under the name of ‘George Thompson,’ Matheson
Monthly Archives: January 2014
“The New Guinea Volunteer Rifles NGVR 1939 – 1943, A History” by Ian Downs is vital reading for anyone who wishes to obtain an understanding of the events of the first tentative months of WW2 in the South-West Pacific Area. The NGVR were a small territorial force raised in what was then the Mandated Territory of New Guinea
There is a photograph in the voluminous collection of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra that haunts me, and it isn’t because the photograph itself is graphically violent or depicts an obvious scene of drama. In fact, the image is grainy and indistinct and one can only just discern the presence of an unknown number of fellow humans.