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Published on : Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Queensland Rail Historian Greg Hallam today returned the journal to Private Les Perkins’ son, Bill Perkins, at Zillmere station.
Mr Hallam said he was pleased to reunite the important piece of national history with its owner, particularly on Remembrance Day.
“The transcribed journal documents the experiences of World War II stretcher bearer Private Les Perkins over an eighteen month period, including his eight months in battle as one of the legendary ‘Rats of Tobruk’,” Mr Hallam said.
“This treasure is close to my heart and I’ve enjoyed pawing through Private Perkins’ colourful tales of mateship and bravery,” he said.
“Despite the difficult circumstances Private Perkins faced every day, his sense of humour and larrikinism never failed to shine through.
“On Remembrance Day, I’m delighted to return this important historical tale to the son of an Australian war hero, who should be very proud of his father’s brave actions in battle.” Mr Bill Perkins said he heard about the lost journal from a relative following an online article, which prompted him to contact Queensland Rail lost property yesterday.
“I catch the train to work at Zillmere every day and must have left it on a Caboolture line train earlier this year,” Mr Perkins said.
“I am thankful to Queensland Rail for keeping the transcript safe and for their efforts in making sure the journal was returned,” he said.
“The original diaries are with the Australian War Memorial, but having my own copy, typed up by the daughter of Tom Makin, a fellow ‘Rat of Tobruk’, means a lot to me and my family.
“My father was a bit of a larrikin, but he also showed great bravery. He was awarded a Military Medal for treating about a dozen Diggers while under fire during the Siege of Tobruk.
“I’m relieved that on Remembrance Day, this family treasure is safely back in my hands.”
Source:- Queensland Rail