Coles Smith family papers

Series 1: Art works (1943-1945)

Series number
1
Series title
Art works
Date
1943-1945
Scope and content

Watercolour sketches and designs created by Clifford Coles Smith, while a prisoner of the Japanese during the Second World War. They include a design for a performance venue he has named the 'Sugar Bowl'.

Each item is signed: C Coles Smith 2704, Hut 44 Nakom Paton.

Nakom Paton [also Nakhon Pathom] was a hospital camp, 50km from Bangkok, Thailand, built to house 10,000 prisoners of war.

Description
14 art works (water colour, pencil)
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Items in this series:

Cabaret stage (1943-1944)

Unit ID
28706/1
Item title
Cabaret stage
Date
1943-1944
Scope and content

Cabaret stage. Water colour sketch showing an elevation of a stage, accommodating a band and singer/s in the 1930's cabaret style.
On reverse: Letter to Coles-Smith dated 5 May 1943, from his mother Mona, who has just received word that her son is a prisoner of war in Thailand.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Clifford William John, 1918-1995
Coles Smith, Cecilia Molly, 1899-1986
Description
1 watercolour

Design for cabaret (1943-1944)

Unit ID
28706/2
Item title
Design for cabaret
Date
1943-1944
Scope and content

Design for cabaret. Featuring illustrations of a stage and sound shell, sunken dance floor, seating and back stage rooms.

On reverse: 'Report of personal property by prisoners of war' with notes regarding the effects of prisoner #2576 George Delphin.

[George Augustus Delphin 2/4th Casualty Clearance Station, AIF 1901-1974]

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Clifford William John, 1918-1995
Description
1 watercolour

Sugar Bowl (1943-1944)

Unit ID
28706/3
Item title
Sugar Bowl
Date
1943-1944
Scope and content

Sugar Bowl. Larger scale water colour of a performance venue,  showing elevations of an orchestra shell, foyer, bar area and back stage rooms.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Clifford William John, 1918-1995
Description
1 watercolour

Performance venue (1943-1944)

Unit ID
28706/4
Item title
Performance venue
Date
1943-1944
Scope and content

Performance venue. An overhead plan of seating, stage and terrace areas, designed to be 80 x 80 ft square, the scale shown is 1/5cm = 1 ft.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Clifford William John, 1918-1995
Description
1 watercolour

Performance venue (1943-1944)

Unit ID
28706/5
Item title
Performance venue
Date
1943-1944
Scope and content

Performance venue. Plan of dance floor in relation to stage and sound shell, ground floor and gallery seating.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Clifford William John, 1918-1995
Description
1 watercolour

Performance venue (1943-1944)

Unit ID
28706/6
Item title
Performance venue
Date
1943-1944
Scope and content

Performance venue. Sectional elevations, showing seating in relation to the stage.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Clifford William John, 1918-1995
Description
1 watercolour

Performance venue (1943-1944)

Unit ID
28706/7
Item title
Performance venue
Date
1943-1944
Scope and content

Sketch of performance venues in pencil and watercolour, three elevations. There are no further annotations.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Clifford William John, 1918-1995
Description
1 sketch (watercolour, pencil)

Alternate cabaret design (1943-1944)

Unit ID
28706/8
Item title
Alternate cabaret design
Date
1943-1944
Scope and content

Alternate cabaret design for a performance venue, showing dance floor in relation to the stage and back-stage rooms. Scale shown is 1/16.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Clifford William John, 1918-1995
Description
1 watercolour

Nighthawks Band Stand (1943-1944)

Unit ID
28706/9
Item title
Nighthawks Band Stand
Date
1943-1944
Scope and content

Proposed design for an Art deco style band stand, detailed with a black bird, entitled 'The Nighthawks', specifying materials of convex blue mirror and 1/2 inch chrome tubing.

On reverse: Partial letter to Coles-Smith while a prisoner of war in Thailand.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Clifford William John, 1918-1995
Description
1 sketch (pencil)

Pleasure Boat (1943-1944)

Unit ID
28706/10
Item title
Pleasure Boat
Date
1943-1944
Scope and content

Pleasure Boat. Sketch and elevations for a pleasure boat that features a dance floor to accommodate 150 couples, seating and below-decks rooms for food preparation and other amenities.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Clifford William John, 1918-1995
Description
1 sketch (pencil)

Pleasure Boat (1943-1944)

Unit ID
28706/11
Item title
Pleasure Boat
Date
1943-1944
Scope and content

Pleasure Boat. Side elevation pencil sketch for proposed performance venue.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Clifford William John, 1918-1995
Description
1 sketch (pencil)

The Sugar Bowl (1943-1944)

Unit ID
28706/12
Item title
The Sugar Bowl
Date
1943-1944
Scope and content

The Sugar Bowl. Watercolour plan for performance venue, showing alcoves, storage, seats, dance floors and staff areas. Scale 1" to 20ft.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Clifford William John, 1918-1995
Description
1 watercolour

Performance venue (1943-1944)

Unit ID
28706/13
Item title
Performance venue
Date
1943-1944
Scope and content

Plan and cross section of performance venue, possibly related to 'The Sugar Bowl' showing dance floor, ticket office and cigarette kiosks.

On reverse: Chart to record - name, number and weight of prisoners of war.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Clifford William John, 1918-1995
Description
1 watercolour

Dance Palais (1943-1944)

Unit ID
28706/14
Item title
Dance Palais
Date
1943-1944
Scope and content

Dance Palais. Plan for proposed performance venue 'Dance Palais Brisbane' showing a dance floor, restaurant and seating plans. Intended size is 60 x 90 ft.

On reverse:
Typed list for 'No 4. Group Hospital No.3 Ward' detailing prisoners of war - disease, name, number, rank and nationality. Information is recorded for two Australian prisoners of war: T.M. Donnellan [Flight Sergeant Thomas Matthew Donnellan] and G.W. Jay [George William Jay RAAF], and 23 Dutch prisoners.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Clifford William John, 1918-1995
Description
1 watercolour
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Series 2: Correspondence (1940-1965)

Series number
2
Series title
Correspondence
Date
1940-1965
Scope and content

Letters, forms, and reports primarily relating to the 2/10th Field Regiment Welfare Fund, but also including a letter to Clifford Coles Smith from a former prisoner of war, Thomas Gray.

Description
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Constitution (9 August 1940)

Unit ID
28706/15
Item title
Constitution
Date
9 August 1940
Scope and content

Statement of Trusts, Objects and Purposes as determined at the first general meeting of the 2/10th Field Regiment Welfare Fund.

Author / Creator
2/10 Field Regiment Welfare Fund
Description
1 page

Timetable (1940)

Unit ID
28706/16
Item title
Timetable
Date
1940
Scope and content

Timetable for Signallers activities, 21 October - 10 November 1940. It has been used on the reverse to write a note [chiefly illegible] by Clifford Coles Smith.

Description
2 pages

Report (1940-1943)

Unit ID
28706/17
Item title
Report
Date
1940-1943
Scope and content

Draft report with many annotations by the Acting President, presumably Mona Coles Smith highlighting some of the Welfare Fund's activities for the past year.

Author / Creator
2/10 Field Regiment Welfare Fund
Description
2 pages

Receipt (24 January 1941)

Unit ID
28706/18
Item title
Receipt
Date
24 January 1941
Scope and content

Receipt in the name of CWJ Coles Smith, 2/10th Field Regiment, detailing items of military clothing that have been returned.

Author / Creator
Australian Military Forces
Description
1 receipt

Statement (1941)

Unit ID
28706/19
Item title
Statement
Date
1941
Scope and content

Statement and covering letter showing monies received, and donor list for the Mile of Pennies Appeal, presented by A.M. Cameron, convenor.

Author / Creator
2/10 Field Regiment Welfare Fund
Description
3 pages

Statement (30 August 1941)

Unit ID
28706/20
Item title
Statement
Date
30 August 1941
Scope and content

Statement of receipts and payments from July 1940 to 30 August 1941, for the 2/10 Field Regiment Welfare Fund.

Author / Creator
2/10 Field Regiment Welfare Fund
Description
1 statement

Letter (17 June 1942)

Unit ID
28706/21
Item title
Letter
Date
17 June 1942
Scope and content

Copy of letter written by Lieutenant Colonel G H Kirwood to the Queensland Lines of Communication on behalf of the 2/10 Field Regiment Welfare Fund, regarding funds held by the Regiment in Malaya.

Author / Creator
Kirwood, Gordon Hamilton, 1902-
Description
1 page

Letter (27 June 1942)

Unit ID
28706/22
Item title
Letter
Date
27 June 1942
Scope and content

Acknowledgement of letter dated 17 June sent by Lieutenant Colonel G H Kirwood, which has been forwarded to the Chief Paymaster for attention.

Author / Creator
District Finance Officer, Queensland Lines of Communication
Description
1 letter

Statement (30 June 1942)

Unit ID
28706/23
Item title
Statement
Date
30 June 1942
Scope and content

Statement of receipts and payments for twelve months period ended 30 June 1942, for the 2/10 Field Regiment Welfare Fund.

Author / Creator
2/10 Field Regiment Welfare Fund
Description
1 statement

Letter (6 July 1942)

Unit ID
28706/24
Item title
Letter
Date
6 July 1942
Scope and content

Copy of response to letter dated 17 June sent by Lieutenant Colonel G H Kirwood, from the Staff Paymaster, AIF Malaya, regarding the loss of financial records in Malaya at the time of capitulation.

Author / Creator
Ferguson, Donald M.
Description
1 letter

Letter (15 July 1942)

Unit ID
28706/25
Item title
Letter
Date
15 July 1942
Scope and content

Copy of letter written by Flora Schulte, on behalf of the 2/10 Field Regiment Welfare Fund to Lieutenant Colonel G H Kirwood, referring to the funds raised to date, and his enquiries on their behalf.

Author / Creator
Schulte, Flora
Description
1 letter

Letter (4 August 1942)

Unit ID
28706/26
Item title
Letter
Date
4 August 1942
Scope and content

Copy of letter written by Lieutenant Colonel G H Kirwood to the Queensland Lines of Communication on behalf of the 2/10 Field Regiment Welfare Fund, regarding transfer of funds.

Author / Creator
Kirwood, Gordon Hamilton, 1902-
Description
1 letter

Note (3 December 1942)

Unit ID
28706/27
Item title
Note
Date
3 December 1942
Scope and content

Note regarding interview with Lieutenant McLeod of Queensland Lines of Communication Office and the credit relating to the 2/10th Field Regiment.

Description
1 note

Letter (8 November 1943)

Unit ID
28706/28
Item title
Letter
Date
8 November 1943
Scope and content

Letter written by L Walsh to her grandson Clifford Coles Smith, while he was a prisoner of the Japanese, hoping that he is well.

The family was notified in May 1943 that Coles Smith, previously reported missing, was now a POW in Siam [Thailand].

Description
1 letter

Report (11 August 1945)

Unit ID
28706/29
Item title
Report
Date
11 August 1945
Scope and content

Draft copies of the President's Report given by Mona Coles Smith highlighting some of the Welfare Fund's activities for the past year, given at the 5th annual meeting of the 2/10th Field Regiment Welfare Fund.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Cecilia Molly, 1899-1986
Description
5 drafts

Statement (August 1945)

Unit ID
28706/30
Item title
Statement
Date
August 1945
Scope and content

Statement of expenses and monies raised from August 1944 to 1945, for the 2/10 Field Regiment Welfare Fund.

Author / Creator
2/10 Field Regiment Welfare Fund
Description
1 statement

Speech (1945)

Unit ID
28706/31
Item title
Speech
Date
1945
Scope and content

Speech notes, for an occasion held at the Brisbane Town Hall, to welcome home men of the 2/10th Field Regiment.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Cecilia Molly, 1899-1986
Description
1 speech

Memorandum (1945-1946)

Unit ID
28706/32
Item title
Memorandum
Date
1945-1946
Scope and content

QER Form 148 with notes on the calculation of service as indicated on a Discharge Certificate.

Description
1 memorandum

Memorandum (1945-1946)

Unit ID
28706/33
Item title
Memorandum
Date
1945-1946
Scope and content

Instructions to facilitate Discharge Procedures for personnel returning from duty with the Australian Armed Forces.

Description
1 memorandum

Letter (1944-1945)

Unit ID
28706/34
Item title
Letter
Date
1944-1945
Scope and content

Typescript letter "information from the rescued men who had been in P.O.W. camps" detailing the conditions and locations of the camps, relating principally to the 2/10th Field Regiment.

Description
1 letter (3 copies)

Envelopes (1940-1945)

Unit ID
28706/35
Item title
Envelopes
Date
1940-1945
Scope and content

Unused envelopes from the 2/10 Field Regiment Welfare Fund, Brisbane, featuring the colour patch of the Regiment.

Description
2 envelopes

Letter (9 September 1945)

Unit ID
28706/36
Item title
Letter
Date
9 September 1945
Scope and content

Copy of letter to The Editor, Courier Mail, Brisbane from Mona Coles Smith, President of the 2/10 Field Regiment Welfare Fund regarding the delay in publication of "the lists of names of men who have been released from P.O.W. camps in Japanese held territory". Included is a copy of a telegram the Welfare Fund had sent to the Prime Minister Ben Chifely, Frank Forde - Minister for the Army, and Arthur Fadden.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Cecilia Molly, 1899-1986
Description
1 letter (+ telegram)

Letter (9 February 1956)

Unit ID
28706/37
Item title
Letter
Date
9 February 1956
Scope and content

Draft letters to the Editor of the Courier Mail, Brisbane by Mona Coles Smith suggesting the planting of a commemorative avenue of flowering trees from the North Coast to the South Coast border, in honour of those who died in the Second World War.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Cecilia Molly, 1899-1986
Description
3 drafts

Greeting card (13 December 1965)

Unit ID
28706/38
Item title
Greeting card
Date
13 December 1965
Scope and content

Christmas card sent by Thomas Gray, Ireland to his friend Clifford Coles Smith. The card includes a poem he composed in remembrance of their time as prisoners in Thailand during the Second World War.

Author / Creator
Gray, Thomas
Description
1 card (+ envelope)

Letter (23 December 1965)

Unit ID
28706/39
Item title
Letter
Date
23 December 1965
Scope and content

Typescript copy of letter written by Clifford Coles Smith in response to a card received from Thomas Gray, County Antrim, Ireland. Gray had been a prisoner of war in Thailand with Coles Smith.

Description
1 letter

Note (1945-1955)

Unit ID
28706/40
Item title
Note
Date
1945-1955
Scope and content

Typed note giving the address to write for copies of photos taken in Bangkok of Clifford Coles Smith performing in the 'dance band'.

Coles Smith took part in the combined Australian-Dutch/Indonesian concert party organised by Lieutenant Rae Nixon, held in Bangkok for men who were waiting for transport home. It was comprised of former members of the 'Tamarkan Players' and Joop Postma's 'Het Hollandsche' cabaret from Chungkai.

Reference: Eldredge, Sears, "Chapter 11. "Out of the blue came freedom": Victory shows and aftermath" (2014). 

[Captive audiences/captive performers - https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/thdabooks/10/]

Description
1 note
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Series 3: Photographs (1919-1942)

Series number
3
Series title
Photographs
Date
1919-1942
Scope and content

Black and white photographs and negatives of the passing out parade of the 19th Battery, 2/10th Field Regiment, at Redbank Military Camp as well as a studio portrait showing Mona and William Coles Smith with baby son Clifford.

Description
9 photographs (black & white + 9 negatives)
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Photograph (1919)

Unit ID
28706/41
Item title
Photograph
Date
1919
Scope and content

Studio portrait of Mona and William Coles Smith with baby Clifford, taken at Maryborough while staying at the Grand Western Hotel. The photograph has annotated biographical information written by Mona in 1919, and later added to in 1972 and 1979.

On reverse: [taken] at Maryborough when we were on the Great Western Hotel, Clifford couldn't sit up. Dada [William] doesn't look a bad sort those days. I didn't have money to get Joans photo taken while a baby.(I was on £4/5/- weekly & paid £1/10- [...] on our house].
1972. Cliff grew to 6'2" went to the 2nd W War. Dada (Wm Coles Smith died in April (9th) 1945). The dress cost 19/11 the shoes £1/10-, I made & embroidered Cliffs dress. Bill was very white haired, & as twice as fat as this photo. Me? I', 72 now & 3 times as fat, & crippled in spine from car smash. Bill died of 'Hypertension & heart", it was all helped by being bad tempered which I probably stired up, tho I didn't think so & still don't. Cliff married Ingalene Gallus, & had one son & is divorced. I'd have liked to see him married again, & with more children. The necklace is still with me, aquamarines & pearls.
1979. I'm 80, & neither Cliff or Joan give a 'darn' about me, its a shame that we don't seem to care one for the other, tho C & J have always been good friends, but for me they couldn't care less - not even friendship between us - in all his life, the same applies to Joan, tho she has no car, but we've never seen a show or ever had a day out together, & she has never ever helped me although I have been laid up with leg trouble, & I couldn't even get up to make my bed, I've lived & I hope she has better luck with her children than she & I had with both Joan & Cliff. I gave them good schooling B.G. School on £4/5- a week for 4 yrs.

Author / Creator
Laskey Studios, Marborough
Description
1 photograph (black & white)
195 x 255 mm

Photograph (30 July 1940)

Unit ID
28706/42
Item title
Photograph
Date
30 July 1940
Scope and content

Passing out parade, at Redbank Military Camp, Brisbane showing soldiers from 2/10th Field Regiment, 19th Battery.

Author / Creator
The Telegraph, Brisbane
Description
1 photograph (black & white)
250 x 165 mm

Photograph (1930-1940)

Unit ID
28706/43
Item title
Photograph
Date
1930-1940
Scope and content

Group family portrait taken in Rochdale, England.

Author / Creator
Falinge Park Studio, Rochdale, England
Description
1 photograph (+ cardboard folder)
110 x 153 mm

Photograph (1940)

Unit ID
28706/44
Item title
Photograph
Date
1940
Scope and content

Men of the 2/10th Field Regiment, 19th Battery, marching through camp at Redbank, Brisbane.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Cecilia Molly, 1899-1986
Description
1 photograph (black & white)
125 x 55 mm

Photograph (1940)

Unit ID
28706/45
Item title
Photograph
Date
1940
Scope and content

2/10th Field Regiment, 19th Battery at attention during a parade, Redbank Military Camp, Brisbane.

Author / Creator
Coles Smith, Cecilia Molly, 1899-1986
Description
1 photograph (black & white)
125 x 55 mm

Photograph (1940)

Unit ID
28706/46
Item title
Photograph
Date
1940
Scope and content

Men of the 2/10th Field Regiment, 19th Battery, marching during parade at Redbank Military Camp, Brisbane.

There are two copies.

Description
2 photograph (black & white)
125 x 55 mm

Negatives (1940)

Unit ID
28706/47
Item title
Negatives
Date
1940
Scope and content

Nine negatives relating to photographs taken at Redbank Military Camp, Brisbane of the 2/10th Field Regiment. It includes an annotated envelope, in Mona Coles Smith's hand.

Description
9 negatives

Photograph (August 1940)

Unit ID
28706/48
Item title
Photograph
Date
August 1940
Scope and content

Snapshot of group taken at Grovelly, in August 1940 [caption states 1941 but this is known to be incorrect].

Captioned on reverse by Joan Cole Smith: Out at Grovely Aug 1941. Mrs Johnson & Barnett, Mum, Myself [Joan], [Clifford], Mrs Gooma, Goldsworthy & Heritage with some of the 41st. Don't Mum & I look alike.

Description
1 photograph (black and white)
115 x 70 mm

Photograph (1942)

Unit ID
28706/49
Item title
Photograph
Date
1942
Scope and content

Members of the 2/10th Field Regiment Women's Auxilliary, with a flag they have sewn. Captioned on reverse by Mona Coles Smith: "We were sewing for the 2/10th [our] reinforcements & others at Grovely when this was taken in 1942. Our col [colour] patch in corner. I sent a 2/10th Pennant over with Francis Lilly [?]." Identified are: Walsh, Jillet, Denise Cameron, Goldsworthy, Coles Smith, Wallace-Bennett, Ethel Russell, Alice Russell from 188 Vulture St, Sth Brisbane.

Description
1 photograph (black & white)
85 x 60 mm
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Series 4: Published works (October 1941)

Series number
4
Series title
Published works
Date
October 1941
Scope and content

Two issues of Amberley Amblings: the news around the station.Volume 1, numbers 4 and  5.
Newsletter from the RAAF base in Amberley, Queensland. Editorial staff are recorded for no. 5 as L.A.C. Don Scriven, Sergeant F. Atkinson & A.C.1 Jack Clark.

From June 1940, Amberley was home to the Service Flying Training School (SFTS) and Recruit Depot, providing pilot training and personnel recruiting. In December 1941 it accommodated almost 1000 United States Air Corps personel, after which it became a major centre for the assembly, maintenance and salvage of combat aircraft for the Pacific theatre.

Description
2 issues
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Amberley Amblings, vol.1 no.4 (October 1941)

Unit ID
28706/51
Item title
Amberley Amblings, vol.1 no.4
Date
October 1941
Scope and content

Amberley Amblings: the news around the station. Newsletter from the RAAF base in Amberley, Queensland. 

Description
1 newsletter (vol.1, no.4)

Amberley Amblings, vol.1 no.5 (October 1941)

Unit ID
28706/64
Item title
Amberley Amblings, vol.1 no.5
Date
October 1941
Scope and content

Amberley Amblings: the news around the station. Newsletter from the RAAF base in Amberley, Queensland. Editorial staff are recorded for no. 5 as L.A.C. Don Scriven, Sergeant F. Atkinson & A.C.1 Jack Clark.

Description
1 newsletter (vol.1, no.5)
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Series 5: Ephemera (1941-1945)

Series number
5
Series title
Ephemera
Date
1941-1945
Scope and content

This series consists of two musical scores, a poem, playscript, and other miscellaneous items relating to Clifford Coles Smith and his service during the Second World War.

Description
1 folder
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Clipping (9 May 1941)

Unit ID
28706/51
Item title
Clipping
Date
9 May 1941
Scope and content

Newspaper clipping titled "Donations appreciated" published in the Courier Mail, Brisbane, regarding money being sent by the 2/10th Field Regiment Welfare Fund. 

It is annotated on the reverse:
"The 2/10 Welfare Fund have sent to Colonel Kirwood £500, for the men of the Regiment also 36 pairs of football boots, with extra studs & laces. We try to supply the men with the things essential for their welfare, that the Government doesnt."

Description
1 newspaper clipping

Pocket guide (1943)

Unit ID
28706/52
Item title
Pocket guide
Date
1943
Scope and content

Pocket guide to Australia, issued to familiarise American servicemen and women, with Australia, and Australians. It includes a short time-line, a potted history and guide to currency etc.

Author / Creator
War and Navy Departments, United States Army
Description
1 guide (48 p.)
110 x 135 mm

Medical reports (1944)

Unit ID
28706/53
Item title
Medical reports
Date
1944
Scope and content

Handwritten notes recording the medical treatment of Coles Smith while a prisoner of the Japanese, in Burma and Thailand, during the Second World War.

Description
3 sheets

Program (28 October 1944)

Unit ID
28706/54
Item title
Program
Date
28 October 1944
Scope and content

Souvenir program for a horse carnival or rodeo held by the North Brisbane Show Society at the Exhibition Grounds, in aid of the 2/10th Field Regiment Welfare Fund.

Description
1 program
165 x 205 mm

Bulletin (1944)

Unit ID
28706/55
Item title
Bulletin
Date
1944
Scope and content

Leaflet entitled 'Who are the 2nd Tenth?' authored by Mona Coles Smith, President of the 2/10th Field Regiment Welfare Fund, Clifford Coles Smith's mother.

Author / Creator
2/10th Field Regiment Women's Auxilliary
Description
1 leaftlet

Name badges (1945-1950)

Unit ID
28706/56
Item title
Name badges
Date
1945-1950
Scope and content

Cardboard name badges for Cliff Cole Smith [sic], Anderson Force. Likely to have been worn during a Regimental reunion.

Coles Smith was one of the 219 men of 2/10th Field Regiment, allocated to 'A Force, No 2 Battalion' later known 'Anderson Force' under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Anderson. They left Singapore packed into the Toyohashi Maru [ship] and sailed north with a small convoy of British and Dutch prisoners. No. 2 Battalion eventually arrived in Tavoy, south-eastern Burma 12 days later. From here they started on a 40 km march to a partially complete aerodrome where they worked for the next three months, before being despatched to start work on the Burma-Thailand Railway.

Description
2 name tags

First-aid guide (1939-1945)

Unit ID
28706/57
Item title
First-aid guide
Date
1939-1945
Scope and content

Concise pocket book of first aid in air raids and accidents by C.L. Barraclough, published by Blue Start Publishers, Sydney. 5th ed.

Cover title: 'What shall I do?' 

Author / Creator
Barraclough, C L
Description
1 guide (32 p.)
90 x 120 mm

Licence (23 October 1945)

Unit ID
28706/58
Item title
Licence
Date
23 October 1945
Scope and content

Licence for Motor Spirit [fuel] issued to Clifford Coles Smith for the month of October, 1945.

Description
1 licence

Music score (1944-1945)

Unit ID
28706/59
Item title
Music score
Date
1944-1945
Scope and content

Handwritten music score, in pencil entitled 'Tamuang blues', composed by Jimmy Van Lingen, also a prisoner of war, who was housed in the same hut as Clifford Coles Smith. 

The Tamuang prisoner of war (POW) camp, was located 39 km north of Nong Pladuk (aka Non Pladuk), or 11 kilometres south of Kanchanaburi, 375 kilometres south of Thanbyuzayat. Originally built as a hospital camp to accommodate 10,000 allied prisoners of war, from British, Dutch Indonesian, American and Australia forces who were housed there after the completion of the Thailand-Burma Railway.

Clifford Coles Smith shared the same hut as Jimmy Van Lingen, at Nakom Paton [also Nakhon Pathom] which was a hospital camp for prisoners of war, 50km from Bangkok, Thailand.

Author / Creator
Van Lingen, Jimmy
Description
1 score (double sided)
255 x 365 mm

Music score (19 August 1945)

Unit ID
28706/60
Item title
Music score
Date
19 August 1945
Scope and content

Composition dedicated to Clifford Coles Smith "in appreciation of a very valued friendship during our P.O.W. exile 19/8/45". The title and composer's name is indistinct, but appears to be 'G Division Jive' by Jack Altman.

Prisoners in Thailand were informed of the Japanese surrender sometime after 15 August 1945. Victory shows or performances were held in many of the camps in celebration, prior to their liberation, and while the men waited to be processed and sent home, providing welcome activity and diversions.

A Victory Concert was held at Nakhon Pathom on 19 August, one of the largest POW camps, where Clifford Coles Smith was held.

After being taken to Bangkok for initial processing, ex-POWs waited for their transport home. Further concert parties were arranged including a combined Australian-Dutch/Indonesian troupe which included Clifford Coles Smith. 

Reference: Eldredge, Sears, "Chapter 11. "Out of the blue came freedom": Victory shows and aftermath" (2014).

[Captive audiences/captive performers - https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/thdabooks/10/]

Author / Creator
Altman, Jack
Description
1 score (1 p.)

The Sons of the 8th Division (1939-1945)

Unit ID
28706/61
Item title
The Sons of the 8th Division
Date
1939-1945
Scope and content

Poem of 6 stanzas, for the men who went to war and those who awaited their return. There are two copies, each in a different hand.

Description
2 poems

Play script (1944-1945)

Unit ID
28706/62
Item title
Play script
Date
1944-1945
Scope and content

Partial play script, likely to have been composed for performance at Nakom Phatom [Patom] Camp, where Clifford Coles Smith was a prisoner of war from 1944 to September 1945.

The play is set on the 17th floor of the Avalon building off Broadway, Manhattan, New York. As the curtain rises it reveals the stage divided into three rooms, a Swing Quartet occupies the left room, a poet in the centre, and a Brass outfit on the right hand side.

The typed script is torn and incomplete.

Description
1 script
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Series 6: Biographical notes (1995)

Series number
6
Series title
Biographical notes
Date
1995
Scope and content

Eulogy read at the funeral of Clifford Coles Smith by his sister Joan, giving a brief history of his early life, time as a prisoner of war, and life after he was liberated. It includes a poem read by K.A. Blyth.

Description
1 eulogy (4 pages)
Locate
OMBOX Box 5564 [item 63]
Access restrictions
Unrestricted access
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