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Document Details


Title: Bill Gray
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Victoria. State Library. Special Collections. Australian Manuscripts Collection
Collection: Victorians at War - Oral History Project
Description: Bill grew up in the Lakes Entrance area in Victoria and became a fisherman like his father. He wanted to join up when the war started but could not enlist until the beginning of 1944 because he was too young. When he came of age Bill enlisted in the army at Royal Park, Melbourne. He was sent to Warwick in Queensland for initial training and then volunteered for commando training and sent to the Canungra training camp. Bill joined the 2/10 Commandos and traveled to the United States of America for amphibious training at Trinity Beach. He was then posted to Wewak, New Guinea, to fight against the Japanese advancement. Bill regularly traversed an area from the border to Wewak through mountainous country on patrol until he was injured in a grenade accident. He lay unconscious for a month until the day before the war ended and he came to in hospital. Bill lost sight in both eyes as a result of the accident and was paralysed along his left side. He returned to Australia for Christmas in 1945 and spent his 21st birthday in the Hiedelberg Repatriation Hospital.
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Gray, Bill
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Fisherman; Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Organizations discussed: Australia. Army
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Asia; Australia; New Guinea; Oceania
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Asia; Australia; Australia. Army; Australia--Armed Forces; Australia--History; Australia--Military policy; New Guinea; Oceania; Oral history; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0026763-28938