Harry Nesbitt: Anzac Day 2020

Running time
1 min 30 sec
Date made
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Australia
Hear from veterans, their loved ones and those on the home front about their most unforgettable memories of wartime.

Transcript

Intro: Anzac Day 2020, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Mat McLachlan: I'm Mat McLachlan. On Anzac Day, we remember all Australians who have served our country. During the Second World War, POWs were often forced to work under shocking conditions. Amongst those taken prisoner when Singapore fell to the Japanese in February 1942 was Harry Nesbitt. Harry remembered one particular time when the Japanese sent him out to work on the Burma-Thailand Railroad against doctor's orders.

Harry Nesbitt: At Hintok, on the last camp I actually worked on, I had been taken out of the hospital tent to go to work that day. And that was typical of what was happening – blokes with ulcers as big as teacups were made go out and work. I was sent out to work when I could hardly walk. I had no skin left on the soles of my feet.  And, when you got back to camp, they used to hold Tenko, which is actual roll-call. And I couldn't walk home – I had to crawl home on my hands and knees. And they held all the rest of the working party there until I crawled into the camp, before they could make the roll-call complete.

Outro: Anzac Day 2020, remembering all Australians who served our country. Lest we forget.

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