Private Henry “Harry” Lake

Australian Soldier WW2 Soldier

Sad death Australian WW2 Soldier.

Pre-war kangaroo hunter Private Henry “Harry” Lake, in Papua New Guinea, on the 28th of August 1942.

Henry was an original member of the 2/5th Independent Company.

At 41, this tough and wiry sniper was also one of the oldest men in the company.

Sadly, in reading an old newspaper article, Henry, then 49 years old, returned to die in a cave he and his brother had played in as children.

Henry, who lived alone, had been missing for some days.  He had been ill for six months with malaria and other tropical diseases, through his war service.

Lest We Forget.

Photograph and information came from the Australian War Memorial. Image file number AWM 013155. 


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