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Message to 2/2 Gurkas
Copy of sketch diagram and statement by:

NX51313 - MADDEN, James Ross Harrington (Ross), Pte. - A Company, 8 Platoon

Original copy is held by Australian War Memorial - PR84/074

[b]STATEMENT BY NX51313, PTE MADDEN R. 2/30 BN. RE DELIVERY OF MESSAGE TO 2/2 GHURKAS AT CAUSEWAY[/b]

[i]My name is NX51313, Pte R. Madden A Coy, 2/30 Bn AIF. At the time the Bn was holding the CAUSEWAY position. I was orderly attached to A Coy HQ (Comd Maj. Anderson) I had during training days completed a unit Orderlies course conducted by the Bn I.O. and had performed Orderly duties frequently for Maj Anderson.

On the night 9/10 Feb at a little after 0400 hours, we recevied orders at A Coy that the Bn was to pull out of its position and move back. A few minutes later at about 0415 hours, Maj. Anderson gave me instructions to go over to the 2/2 Ghurkas on our right and give them the message that the Bn was pulling out almost immediately to a position at the Junction of the Pipeline and the Mandai Road. I made a special point of remembering the position described, but Maj. Anderson also gave me a slip of paper on which the map reference was shown.

I made my way across to the Ghurkas area and soon met two men carrying barbed wire. These men guided me along a "Cyclone" wire fence and then pointing through this fence said their officer was "in there". The fence had a section which was cut and swung off and I went through to a tin shed where the officer was found. This officer's name I don't know but in this camp Leuit Skene of the Ghurkas looks similar to him, being of like build and features.

I told this officer I was a runner for A Coy, 2/30 Bn, on his left, and then said that Maj. Anderson's message was that 2/30 Bn was pulling back almost immediately to a position at the Junc. of Pipeling and Maindai Rd. It was dark near the shed but I described the new position to him and then handed him the note and mentioned that the map reference was marked on it he said, "My God, my left flank will be open then", "Yes", I replied, "Wide open". He thought for a moment or two then said to me "O.K. - I will fix it up straight away". I then left and made my way back to my Coy HQ, arriving there before the Coy 2I/C (Capt. Boss) had left, the withdrawal having commenced at 0430 hours.

Signed at Changi on 26 Oct. 1944

Pte NX51313 2/30 Bn AIF

Witness Maj. 2/30 Bn AIF[/i]
Keywords: 20110220b

Message to 2/2 Gurkas

Copy of sketch diagram and statement by:

NX51313 - MADDEN, James Ross Harrington (Ross), Pte. - A Company, 8 Platoon

Original copy is held by Australian War Memorial - PR84/074

STATEMENT BY NX51313, PTE MADDEN R. 2/30 BN. RE DELIVERY OF MESSAGE TO 2/2 GHURKAS AT CAUSEWAY

My name is NX51313, Pte R. Madden A Coy, 2/30 Bn AIF. At the time the Bn was holding the CAUSEWAY position. I was orderly attached to A Coy HQ (Comd Maj. Anderson) I had during training days completed a unit Orderlies course conducted by the Bn I.O. and had performed Orderly duties frequently for Maj Anderson.

On the night 9/10 Feb at a little after 0400 hours, we recevied orders at A Coy that the Bn was to pull out of its position and move back. A few minutes later at about 0415 hours, Maj. Anderson gave me instructions to go over to the 2/2 Ghurkas on our right and give them the message that the Bn was pulling out almost immediately to a position at the Junction of the Pipeline and the Mandai Road. I made a special point of remembering the position described, but Maj. Anderson also gave me a slip of paper on which the map reference was shown.

I made my way across to the Ghurkas area and soon met two men carrying barbed wire. These men guided me along a "Cyclone" wire fence and then pointing through this fence said their officer was "in there". The fence had a section which was cut and swung off and I went through to a tin shed where the officer was found. This officer's name I don't know but in this camp Leuit Skene of the Ghurkas looks similar to him, being of like build and features.

I told this officer I was a runner for A Coy, 2/30 Bn, on his left, and then said that Maj. Anderson's message was that 2/30 Bn was pulling back almost immediately to a position at the Junc. of Pipeling and Maindai Rd. It was dark near the shed but I described the new position to him and then handed him the note and mentioned that the map reference was marked on it he said, "My God, my left flank will be open then", "Yes", I replied, "Wide open". He thought for a moment or two then said to me "O.K. - I will fix it up straight away". I then left and made my way back to my Coy HQ, arriving there before the Coy 2I/C (Capt. Boss) had left, the withdrawal having commenced at 0430 hours.

Signed at Changi on 26 Oct. 1944

Pte NX51313 2/30 Bn AIF

Witness Maj. 2/30 Bn AIF

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File information
Filename:20110220007.jpg
Album name:makan / POW Records
Keywords:20110220b
Source:From the collection of the Australian War Memorial: PR84/074 - Madden, JR (Private, 2/30th Bn, AIF)
Date:26/10/1944
Filesize:106 KiB
Date added:Feb 20, 2011
Dimensions:919 x 650 pixels
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