Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

A Rough Story of War; an Amazing Tale Easily Told

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

A Rough Story of War; an Amazing Tale Easily Told

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STOKER Munro, a Byron Bay lad, was only 17 when he sailed out of Fremantle on February 14, 1942.

He was on "captain's report" at the time for being "adrift"; a situation which had come about because of a young woman called Susan who stole his virginity and his watch causing him to be late back to his ship, the HMAS Perth.

Two weeks after leaving Fremantle, the HMAS Perth was torpedoed by the Japanese along with the USS Houston and the survivors from those sinking vessels were rescued by the Japanese making them prisoners of war.

Over the next two and a half years Munro would spend time in Singapore's infamous Changi prison before being sent to work on the Thai-Burma Railway.

From Thailand he was being transported to Japan on the Rakuyo Maru along with more than 1000 POWs when they were torpedoed by American forces.

His survival from this shipwreck after spending five days in the ocean is nothing short of extraordinary.

Stoker Munro: Survivor is David Spiteri's second book and it's an authorised biography of Lloyd William Munro from the time of his leaving Fremantle in 1942 to his return to Byron Bay in 1944. …

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