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Stoker Munro [PDF / EPUB] Stoker Munro A simple moving vivid and heartbreaking account of one young sailor's eventful war I heard the cries of scared men yelling they couldn't swim but they jumped in regardless I pulled off my new boots dr A simple moving vivid and heartbreaking account of one young sailor's eventful war I heard the cries of scared men yelling they couldn't swim but they jumped in regardless I pulled off my new boots dropped them on the deck and clutching my tobacco tin jumped overboard feet first We were a good distance away from the sinking Perth when two torpedoes slammed into it and we watched silently as our ship slid under Suddenly we were alone at sea in a pitch black night in an overcrowded Carley float Someone said 'Goodbye gallant one' Stoker Munro was just an inexperienced seventeen year old knockabout kid when he went to war but he turned out to be an extraordinary survivor The sinking of the Perth was only the beginning of his war Stoker suffered through years of harsh imprisonment in Java and the infamous Changi prison camp as well as the horrors of the Thai Burma Railway Then just as conditions improved he was shipped off to Japan and another disaster Stoker Munro Survivor is a simple but moving account of a young sailor's war as told to his close friend David Spiteri Stoker's voice clear distinctive laidback and larrikin with an ability to find the humour in just about any situation epitomises everything that is great about the ANZAC spirit courage resilience and the sheer refusal to lie down and be beaten The story of Stoker Darby Munro's survival is an epic of the human spirit In our time when the word hero is flung around so lightly this book reflects upon genuine heroism We forget these stories and these lives at our peril' Mike Carlton.


About the Author: David Spiteri

David Spiteri was a founding member and President of one of Australia's first biker gangs He is 'semi retired' from the club now He saw outlaw motorcycle clubs OMCs develop from loose affiliations of like minded riders to the well structured and well connected groups we see today with links to police politicians and lawyers David lives in Rosebank Northern NSW.



3 thoughts on “Stoker Munro

  1. says:

    Loved Itrecommend for any WWII Buff


  2. says:

    Some people go through war with nothing major befalling them Others including Stoker Lloyd William Munro HMAS Perth He survived two shipwrecks once by the Japanese once by the US Navy several Japanese prisoner of war camps and the infamous Burma Railway Naturally we need to understand how someone can survive this chain of harrowing circumstances Spiteri interviewed Munro approximately 60 years after the war with the story starting in mid February 1942 and ending approximately three years later The story is mainly told in the first person with Munro recounting life as a POW under the Japanese Conditions were highly variable depending exactly where a prisoner was Changi in Singapore was uite good until late in the war as was Cambodia and Saigon I got the impression that generally speaking the Japanese allowed the POWs a fair degree of liberty if they were involved in work gangs if only because of the paucity of Europeans in SE AsiaMunro seems to have accepted what was happening to him as not being personal but naturally he was upset by the loss of many friends most of whom died from disease – tropical medicine was still not great during the 1940s especially without modern drugs He was also determined to return home This determination helped him survive the two shipwrecks especially the second Surprisingly Munro persisted with the RAN even after being shipwrecked a third time this time by the RANI enjoyed this book with its harrowing tale told simply It was passed around at work and given good comments by all who read it Well done David Spiteri


  3. says:

    Stoker Munro was a book I found hard to put down David Spiteri set out Munro's story clearly and did not allow it to get bogged down in too much detail or overwhelming disturbing emotion Munro was a kid from the far north coast of NSW and this book documents his war experience which was almost exclusively lived as a POW in various parts of South East Asia The basis of the story of course is terribly confronting But the tale is essentially one of mateship and ultimately survival by a mixture of luck and good management


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