connecting george marshall.
George had property to protect in Singapore in 1941. The Japanese invading army were almost on their bicycles and business is business in war and peace.
The Japanese may have made an arrangement with him on the lines of – you help us now, we’ll help you when we win the war. They did the same thing with the Thailand brass, everybody smiling in the photographs. And there was no problem with clandestine radio contact out of Singapore, Patrick Heenan had a couple of sets when they caught him chatting with Yamashito up-country. They shot him.
George Marshall moved to Potts Point, and Sydney Harbour a very busy place in those WW2 days. Ask Alf Boxall, who worked at the Army Base on the Georges Head side. With binoculars they could have waved to each other.
George was found dead over there at Georges Head, a place he had no right to be. Ask John Sanders.
Harbour view and tea for two @ Jenner Private Hospital, Potts Point.
In 1940, the site (Jenner PH) was acquired by the Commonwealth as part of their resumption of properties in Potts Point to construct the Captain Cook Graving Dock and Garden Island. The house originally had a harbour frontage, but land reclamation and development led to much of the original foreshore garden being destroyed.
The hospital was allowed to stay in the premises under a leasehold arrangement. However, in 1952-1953 the hospital’s lease was terminated, much to the dismay of the hospital’s Matron McMaster. McMaster died not long afterwards …
Three Rubaiyats. Three bodies.
Allied shipping in WW2 / Sydney Harbour vantage spots / George Marshall dead / codes / Gwen Graham, George’s lady friend dead / Sydney nurses / Jestyn / SM dead / Sydney Harbour hospitals / Potts Point / Georges Head / Alf Boxall.
Who was Percy Williams? And who died a custodial* death in one of the internee camps?
Header pic is British surrender, Singapore. Percival on the right.
It’s quite a melodramatic thesis. isn’t it?
- in prison