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Old 07-07-2003, 10:45 AM
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Lae war cemetary has some personal significance for my family, and this article has brought back many memories. Growing up in Lae from age 4, (1954 to 1967 when I returned to Sydney to get married), the war memorial was always a favourite place. I well remember the Anzac day service every year and all us Coronation "A" students in annual attendance. My husband's father, also Bob Clarke, was in the ninth division, 2nd fifteenth, and fought in New guinea after returning from the middle east. Before landing at Red Beach north of Lae he was married in Brisbane, and his best man was killed beside him crossing the Busu River outside Lae. Another mate was also killed in the fighting and both are buried in the Lae Cemetary. Bob's dad went onto Finschafen, then Sio, south of Madang, where he was wounded and sent back to Australia. Here are some more photos of the war cemetary, taken in 1965 by my husband while he was in PNG for three years with the Commonwealth Bank, and a photo of Bob's dad, who died in October 1998, in his army uniform.
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Lae war cemetary - plaque commemorating the relief of the 9th Division by the 5th Division on 21st September, 1942
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Lae cemetary, memorial cross, taken 1965
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Grave of Dave Allen, a close friend of Bob's father who was killed in WW2 crossing the Busu River, taken 1965
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Grave of Vic Royal, another mate who died in the battle for Lae
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Lae war cemetary has some personal significance for my family, and this article has brought back many memories. Growing up in Lae from age 4, (1954 to 1967 when I returned to Sydney to get married), the war memorial was always a favourite place. I well remember the Anzac day service every year and all us Coronation "A" students in annual attendance. My husband's father, also Bob Clarke, was in the ninth division, 2nd fifteenth, and fought in New guinea after returning from the middle east. Before landing at Red Beach north of Lae he was married in Brisbane, and his best man was killed beside him crossing the Busu River outside Lae. Another mate was also killed in the fighting and both are buried in the Lae Cemetary. Bob's dad went onto Finschafen, then Sio, south of Madang, where he was wounded and sent back to Australia. Here are some more photos of the war cemetary, taken in 1965 by my husband while he was in PNG for three years with the Commonwealth Bank, and a photo of Bob's dad, who died in October 1998, in his army uniform.

Dear wendy my brother and i were in PNG from 1950 till 1963 he was born in wewak in 1950 and i was born in carlton Aust in 1955 while my mum was on leave visiting her mum. My dad Fred Little worked for Bulolo gold dredging company and my mum Tommy Little was matron at lae hospital i currently live in the USA and my brother David lives in Victoria Aust we would appreciate any info on the Laekids and photos from that time
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Hi there.
My Great Uncle William George Westall is buried in the Lae Cemetry after being killed in action on 14-9-43. Could somebody possibly supply a photo of his headstone? I visit the one in Rockingham WA and have been to the memorial in Canberra but would like to have a photo from PNG to show my Mum and kids as I want to keep the history going.
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