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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Coconut Lancers in New Guinea, 1914

Staff of the Royal Australian Naval Brigade, AN&MEF, after the operations against the Germans,  September 1914. (AWM A04003).
Robert Curwen was one of the Victorian Contingent of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force which left for New Guinea shortly after the outbreak of the war, involved in securing the various German radio stations and bases in that area.  Rod Martin has explored Curwen's interesting naval and military experiences, and what he did after the war.   And explains just who the Coconut Lancers were.

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