This was the 67th anniversary of the sinking of the Montevideo Maru (pictured) off the
Japanese hospital ship Montevideo Maru was carrying 845 troops from
The youngest was a boy of 15.
“There were fathers and sons, civilians and troops, missionaries and traders, businessmen and administrators,”
“They had all been captured and interned by the Japanese in Rabaul.
“They all died.
“The youngest, the 15-year old, was Ivan Gascoigne, recorded as a clerk, the son of Cyril Gascoigne, who also died.
“The sinking of the Montevideo Maru at 2.40 am on Wednesday July 1, 942 was
The unmarked Japanese ship left occupied Rabaul on June 22, 1942, but nine days later on July 1, American submarine USS Sturgeon torpedoed it off Luzon in the
The saddest thing is that the wreck has never been found to this day, and both
“To the best of our knowledge, she carried 1,053 prisoners from the
“It remains one of our country’s worst disasters.
“This memorial to the Hell Ships of World War 2 now includes a commemorative plaque to mark the tragedy of the sinking of the Montevideo Maru 67 years ago today.
“The plaque has been placed here as a result of the generosity of a number of private organisations - the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles/PNG Volunteer Rifles Ex-Members Association, the Lark Force Association, the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia and the Greenbank Returned Services League Club in
“This tragedy is not forgotten.
“The families are not forgotten.
“These men are not forgotten.”