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1945, Xavier & Sadie Herbert, David & Phillis Herbert, Jimmy & Joy Hawkins, Helmut Hendon; All appeared to be living close to the water at Mosman on the north side of Sydney Harbour, Bob Wake arrived in ’48. Directly across the way by boat at Potts Point lived George Marshall alone but he didn’t own a boat, and had no business in Mosman worth dieing for anyway.
Some might dare to suggest that he was lured there from his mean lodgings, so he could have taken a taxi, train/tram or ferry across to Cremorne or Mosman for the deadly liason, there being a ferry wharf down the bottom of Musgrave St. in those days. Though, perhaps its more likely, he was delivered dead to his seaside rock ledge directly in a smaller private craft, ala Somerton Man three years later, perhaps?.
It seems that since my post of 20th inst. George Marshall’s inquest papers have gone off line, but no matter. Most people who have followed the case closely might well assume that he died broke and possibly intestate, but that is certainly not the case.
When he fled to Australia with his family in ’41, he had substantial high-end property holdings in Singapore, two outright and two in half partnership with a Jewish woman named Menaham. When he went missing on 20/5/45 The Imperial Japanese Army still claimed ownership of said properties but in September at the war’s end the titles were passed back into his estate.
When George’s brother gave evidence to the inquest in August, he was able to cunningly convince the coroner that brother was off his rocker, that he had had a long held deathwish and that his passing did not come as any shock to those who dearly loved and missed him.
One must wonder thus why his poor faithful little friend of four plus years, Gwen Graham apparently wasn’t aware of George’s front lobal infirmity, and of course she became a statistic shortly thereafter (just in case). So who was set to benefit from his sad demise, presumably only the Marshall family which would have included his father and numerous surviving siblings, with the exception of older brother David (Mr. Big Daddy Baghdadi), who was still interned in Japan at the T.O.D. and presumablyb not complicit. Just a couple of interesting related snippets to ponder perhaps. Mrs. Menaham may have been the mother or aunt of George and Mirmovitch who joined the AIF in 2/42 from Perth and who subsequently was KIA in New Guinea just a day or so prior to George Marshall being first reported missing.
It also seems that George himself was in Singapore late ’41 to settle an insurance claim and to satisfy other property related business prior to the eanticipated oncoming Nippon Sunam; He also probably purchased two pair of bespoke shoes to last him through the coming occupation years (obviously no hintbof suicudal tendencies there). Coincidentslly in Singapore at about the same time was Big Bob Wake who flew in there by Qantas to dismantle a listening post at RAF Tanglin for the same reasons.
It has been suggested that crooked George Taylor was also there with intentions of taking the Jap sunami head on, but there is some degree of doubt regarding his related claims and no medals were awarded, same same Alf Boxall and the brothers Herbert.
comments written by John Sanders and lifted from Cipher Mysteries