15 August, Victory in the Pacific Day, commemorates Japan’s acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender, made on 14 August 1945. For Australians, it meant that the Second World War was finally over.
In Murchison 75 years on we remember the men and women involved in WW2, we remember those that departed Murchison to fight abroad, we remember those that defended Australia at Northern Australia, we remember those that kept Australia working at home and we remember those involved locally with the POW and interment camps.
Lest we forget the sons of Murchison that did not return
GALE Peter, son of Jack and Ruby Gale, died while Prisoner of War in Borneo on 16 April 1945.
GREGORY Norman, served with 2/22 AIF, captured by Japanese and killed while escaping in 1942, aged 23.
KENNY Frank, AIF, served in the Middle East and died in a vehicle accident in a Queensland training camp.
RODGERS Harold R, of the 2/21 AIF, posted missing in July 1942.
RUTHERFORD Alexander Colin, 2nd AIF. Son of William Thomas Rutherford and Julia Magdalene Rutherford. Killed at Tobruk 1 May 1941 aged 22 years.
SHEPARD John Hale “Jack” son of Oliver Shepard. Left Australia in June 1941 with 2/29 AIF and died in 1942.
WILSON Vic, served in the Middle East with the AIF and died while convalescing from war injuries.
WALLACE Edward “Ned” a school teacher who served with the AIF.