Monthly Archives: September 2014

Australian Independent Company Commander – Major Paul Kneen and the Heath’s Plantation Raid.

Thomas Paul Kneen was born on the 18th of June, 1914 to Edwyn Corlett and Cecil Maud Kneen in Douglas, the Isle of Man. Educated at Haileybury College in rural Hertfordshire (England), and then Oxford University, he took a position with the British Colonial Administration Service in the Solomon Islands where he was stationed on Guadalcanal. Kneen served


Seventy years ago today an acclaimed Australian war cinematographer was killed whilst filming United States marines on the Pacific island of Peleliu. Damien Parer had filmed Australian soldiers in the Middle East and Greece, on the island of Timor north of Australia, on the Kokoda Track, and in the Wau-Mubo-Salamaua area of New Guinea. He had also filmed

A Simple List.

This blog entry is a simple list. Unencumbered by extraneous words, the details tell their own story. No.121 Moffat, Robert David, Able Seaman/Signalman, Royal Australian Naval Reserve, Killed in Action, German New Guinea, 11 September, 1914. Pockley, Brian Colden Antill, Captain, Australian Army Medical Corps, Died of Wounds, German New Guinea, 11 September, 1914, aged 24. No.419 Street,

Goodbye to AE1.

Three days ago was the centenary of the first Australian military action of the Great War, the beginning of the capture of German New Guinea, as obliquely referred to in my last post. However, how many know that a related incident took place one hundred years ago today, that is significant – if not in scale but historically

Roof Missing – Bloody Australians!

The above title may unfairly make light of the issue, but damage to civilian premises or property by troops – intentional or otherwise – and compensation for the same was an aspect of the First World War on the Western Front (France and Belgium) that deservedly received official attention, not the least because, one supposes, civilians who felt