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Interview with John Bowditch
Title : Interview with John Bowditch Interview with John Bowditch
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Creator : Bowditch, John, 1910-
Source : Barwell Boys Oral Histories, OH 169/5
Date of creation : 1993
Additional Creator : Evans, Tony (Anthony G.)
Format : Oral History
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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John Bowditch was born at Portsmouth, England and came to South Australia in 1925 aged 15. He enlisted in 1940 and initially served in the Middle East. During his service in Greece John became a prisoner of war. In the selections presented here John discusses his experiences as a prisoner of war including the types of work he did and how it changed his attitude towards war.

Period : 1939-1945
Further reading :

Forbes, Cameron. Hellfire : the story of Australia, Japan and the prisoners of war, Sydney : Pan MacMillan Australia, 2005

Nelson, Hank. Prisoners of war : Australians under Nippon, Sydney : ABC Enterprises for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2001

Nelson, Hank. Australian prisoners of war, 1941-1945 : Australians in the Pacific War, Canberra, A.C.T. : Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, 2007

Ramsay, Ian. P.O.W., a digger in Hitler's prison camps, 1941-45, South Melbourne : Macmillan, 1985

Internet links :

Anzac Day Commemoration Committee (Queensland) See: History: World War 2

Australia at War

Australia's War 1939-1945 [Information Services Branch of the Office of the Board of Studies NSW for the Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs]

Australian Army History Unit [Department of Defence]: See: History & Battles: History Index [several sections about World War Two]

Australians at War [Department of Veterans' Affairs]

Australian War Memorial See: Australians at War: Australian Military History Overview: Second World War 1939-1945

"Black Magic" [Fortune City: free website hosting]
Leonard Waters is the only known Aboriginal fighter pilot to serve in World War Two

Sea Power Centre - Australia: See: History: Feature Articles [several articles about World War Two]

Victorians at War - Oral History project [Department of Veterans' Affairs and State Library of Victoria]

The World at War See: Articles: Australia's War



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