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Makan 234

Signals Platoon, Birdwood Camp, Singapore, 1941. Who else remembers?

Left to right:

Seated left side of photo:
1) NX53639 - DAVIDSON, Ernest Leslie (Les), Pte. - HQ Company, Signals Platoon (seated left back)
2) NX32505 - STARR, Walter Edwin (Wally), Pte. - HQ Company, Signals Platoon

Seated foreground:
1) NX2719 - COTTER, Percy Augustine, Pte. - HQ Company, Signals Platoon (with back to camera)

Seated in front of Percy Cotter (L to R):
1) NX65486 - QUINTAL, Laurie Patterson, Pte. - HQ Coy. Sig. Pl. Doi Tanbaya (Beri Beri, Dysentery) (sitting on charpoy in background)
2) NX45174 - LONIE, John Graham (Jack), Pte. - HQ Company, Signals Platoon (back to camera).

Standing in background:
1) NX25715 - MASSEY, Thomas Fox (Hank), L/Cpl. - HQ Company, Signals Platoon (standing left back with hands on hips)
2) NX36248 - MURPHY, Peter Jeffries, Pte. - HQ Company, Signals Platoon
3) NX55172 - PHILLIPS, Clarence James (Tankie), Pte. - HQ Company, Signals Platoon (with hat on and facing Jack Lonie)

Frankie Phillips was Bert Farr's batman. On this day he was Battalion runner, which is the reason for the full dress.
(Source: Hank Massey - Makan No. 235, page 32)

"Hank" Massey - HQ Company (Sigs) - Merrylands, 2160
Hank has offered his opinion on those of the Signal Platoon who were shown in the photo of them airing beds at "Birdwood Camp" as:- "My best bet on the chaps in the photo are, ahead of Les Davidson is Wally Starr, with his back to the photographer and, in the foreground, Percy Cotter and in front of him, Laurie Quintal, behind him, I'd say, was the bare back of Jack Lonie. Over from there and on his feet is Peter Murphy and behind him myself. Facing Jack Lonie with the hat on is Frankie Phillips (Bertie Farr's batman); he was Battalion runner that day, which is the reason for the full dress.

Also in the photo are:
1) NX36759 - MONCRIEFF, William Henry (Gladys), Pte. - HQ Coy. Sig. Pl. to 8 Div. Sigs. 10/11/1941, Doi Malaya Hamlet (Pellagra, Dys) (seated on charpoy at front)
2) NX47129 - COOTE, George Bentley, Pte. - HQ Coy. Sig. Pl. Doi Sonkurai 1 (Cholera)
3) NX36166 - WRIGHT, Robert, Cpl. - HQ Coy. Sig. Pl.

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Album name:makan / Birdwood
Keywords:Makan234 / NX2719_COTTER
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Date added:Dec 24, 2006
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