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Interview with David Ennis
Title : Interview with David Ennis Interview with David Ennis
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Creator : Ennis, David, 1933-
Source : South Australians at War Oral History Project, OH 644/5
Date of creation : 2002
Additional Creator : Linn, Rob
Format : Oral History
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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David Peter Ennis was born at Prospect, South Australia. David was called up for a three month National Service training course in 1958, and subsequently joined the medical corps of the regular army. In 1959 he was sent to Malaya with the Second Field Ambulance. Following his four-year service during the Malayan Emergency, David returned to Australia and completed another two years with the armoured regiment as medical personnel. David then worked at the Daw Park Repatriation General Hospital.

David speaks about his service in Malaya; his feelings about Australia's involvement in this conflict; family and community attitudes to the Malayan Emergency; and of the Daw Park Repatriation General Hospital Museum, which he and his wife Maxine established, and currently manage.

Period : 1946-1979
Further reading :

Bannister, Colin. An inch of bravery: 3 RAR in the Malayan Emergency, 1957-59, Canberra: Directorate of Army Public Affairs, 1994

Coates, John. Suppressing insurgency: an analysis of the Malayan Emergency, 1948-1954, Boulder: Westview Press, 1992

Dennis, Peter and Grey, Jeffrey. Emergency and confrontation: Australian military operations in Malaya & Borneo 1950-66, St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin in association with the Australian War Memorial, 1996

Macdougall, Anthony. Australians at war : a pictorial history, Nobel Park, Vic. : Five Mile Press, 2002

Internet links :

Australian Army History Unit [Department of Defence]: See: History & Battles: History Index: Malayan Emergency 1955-60

Australians at War [Department of Veterans' Affairs]: See: The Great Search Stories: South East Asia 1950-1966

Australian War Memorial See: Australians at War: Australian Military History Overview: Malayan Emergency

Sea Power Centre - Australia: See: History: Feature Articles: Malayan Emergency

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



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