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WEP travelled four times to the Pacific War Zone as a War Correspondent for Australian Consolidated Press.  His work and articles featured in the Australian Women's Weekly and the Sydney Daily Telegraph.  The trips were;

Darwin, Jul - Sep 1943

New Guinea, Jan - Feb 1944

Morotai, Jan - Feb 1945

Morotai, Jun - Aug 1945

 

The following are a series of letters that WEP wrote to his 1st wife Jess during his last trip to the Pacific War Zone for The Australian Women's Weekly.  The letters were written over the period July 13 to August 19, 1945 and cover the declaration of Peace in the Pacific and the end of World War 2.

Request by The Australian Women's Weekly to send WEP to Borneo - June 25th 1945

#1 - Brisbane - Friday (most likely Friday 13th July 1945)

#2 - Townsville - Sunday (most likely Sunday 15th July 1945)

#3 - Morotai - Tuesday 15 July 1945 (most likely Tuesday 17th July 1945)

#4 - Plane to Brunei - Thursday (most likely Thursday 19th July 1945)

#5- Brunei - Tuesday 24 July 1945

#6 - Borneo - Thursday 26 July 1945

#7 -Brunei & natives - Saturday 28 July 1945

#8 - Borneo - Sunday 29 July 1945

#9 - Weston - Friday 3 August 1945

#10 - Beaufort - Saturday 4 August 1945

#11 - Labuan - Friday 9 August 1945 (most likely Friday 10th August 1945)

#12 - Morotai - Wednesday 15 August 1945

#13 - Morotai - Friday 17 August 1945

Morotai, Halmahera Islands. 1945. Sydney Daily Telegraph artist "Wep" (back right) was among spectators at an exhibition of Judo (a form of Jui-Jitsu) by Japanese prisoners of war (POWs) at 1st Australian Compound at Morotai. - From the collection of the late W.E. Pidgeon.

The caption as published at the time was:

"JAPANESE PRISONERS OF WAR at an Australian compound on Morotai watch an exhibition of judo (a form of jiu-jitsu).

With them (top right) is Daily Telegraph artist "WEP". – Australian official photo."

 

 

Last Updated - 27 August, 2009