Long ago, in March, 2014, I announced that the small community of Kamiatum, just inland from Salamaua in Papua New Guinea, had decided to name their new elementary school after a prominent WW2 and post-war Australian soldier and infantry commander, Colonel George Warfe, D.S.O., M.C., E.D. Due to a lack of local resources and the challenge of maintaining effective
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Colonel George Warfe was one of the most famous names in the Second A.I.F. during World War Two, at the very least within the Sixth Australian Division where he served most of his six years in uniform. Men who had never met him had heard of his exploits, and the stories of his experiences spread, embellished here and
I must admit at the beginning of this post that I am biased regarding one of the books I intend to mention: “Nothing is Forever” by Colonel Ron Garland., M.C. and Bar. My much admired late paternal grandfather was a member of the independent company about which Garland wrote, and in which Garland was briefly a junior officer.
Kamiatum is a collection of family-based hamlets or ‘camps’ located in the Burali Valley of Papua New Guinea. Just half a day’s walk from the seaside settlement of Salamaua in the south-east corner of the Huon Gulf, Kamiatum and surrounding areas have a rich military history from the period 1942-43. Sadly, very few know of this context, and
I don’t know where this commemorative plaque (pictured) is now, but in 2008 I placed it in a grassed clearing on an obscure ridge in the vicinity of Salamaua, Papua New Guinea. I was guided there by an Australian who, like me, had been researching the military history of the area, but whom I have since fallen out
It is universally acknowledged that those who go to war risk injury or death as a consequence, however what is often overlooked is that the same life-altering consequences can also occur away from the ‘battle areas’, albeit at a lesser frequency. In a six week period during late 1942, three Australian soldiers lost their lives in South East