The­atres of war

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - HOT PROPERTY -

Dou­glas district sol­diers de­fended Aus­tralia in deserts, in jun­gle and in the air.

Sol­diers who fought in the desert of North Africa near To­bruk be­came ’ The Rats of To­bruk’.

Pte Wil­liam Le­maty from Mt Mol­loy died here, 25 May 1915.

Part of Bill’s last letter to his sis­ters read: ’I am up in the desert now, it’s a fair cow up here: dust storms ev­ery sec­ond day; the dust is ev­ery­where. It gets in your mouth, ears, nose and eyes.. The fleas are cows too; I’m scratch­ing nearly all night.’

Jun­gle fight­ing in Bor­neo was a real slog; it was much eas­ier by air.

Ken Shirley, who en­listed in WA but came to Port Dou­glas later, flew as a crew­man of No. 93 Squadron RAAF.

Well known Moss­man iden­tity Ken Ziegler served on Moro­tai (part of the then Dutch East Indies, now In­done­sia) in the 9th Re­pair and Ser­vices Unit, RAAF.

In Pa­pua New Guinea, fierce fight­ing took place from Milne Bay to Lae; and along the fa­mous Kokoda track, with Derek Good­man from Moss­man among the many brave Aus­tralians.

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