- Noble, SBA A.M.
- Biographies and personal histories, History - WW2
- RAN Ships
- HMAS Perth I
- June 1986 edition of the Naval Historical Review (all rights reserved)
Later I was in a party which left to build two aerodromes at a place I only know as Kashu or Kashoo Mountain camp. This took up the last six months of the war and our POW experiences and we had just completed the two aerodromes when the war finished. The strip was then used by our own planes to fly us out to Rangoon and freedom.
During this last period Andy Mitchell and I were for the first time out with the working parties. Apparently the Japanese did not recognise us as medical men as we had no proof of our medical status. There were no officers in this camp, excepting doctors.
I considered myself extremely fortunate in reaching home, as do the others, of course. I very nearly died from malaria. I had dysentery and I managed to heal a tropical ulcer. This is addition to surviving the action, the water and bombings. I said I would not complain about anything if I reached home again. When I have reasons to complain now I think about that vow and I don’t. I’m on borrowed time, so to speak.