Saturday’s Herald Sun had an article telling the story of the torpedoed Montevi­deo Maru (which, for reasons unknown, the Japanese failed to announce was car­rying POWs even though it was estab­lished practice under the Geneva Con­vention). It was carrying civilians and 845 Australian servicemen captured after the fall of Rabaul in January 1942. The re­maining 300 took to the jungles hoping to avoid capture, Stan’s mother waited for years to hear news of him.

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