Ballali Island

Discussion in 'World War 2' started by clivetemple, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. clivetemple

    clivetemple New Member

    One of the chaps I'm researching perished on Ballai Island. Has any research been done since the war to identify the bodies and perhaps throw some light onto the identities of those massacred and those who may have died earlier during the construction of the airfield?

    He was Bombadier John Hall Bragg.
  2. mathsmal

    mathsmal New Member

  3. clivetemple

    clivetemple New Member

    Thanks for that. Problem is that book and Kill All The Prisoners doesn't really cover Ballale for obvious reasons. No-one survived and all the records were destroyed.
  4. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    A couple of photos which may be of interest.

    (1) Is the location - 500ks SSE of Rabaul or halfway Rabaul to Guadalcanal.

    (2) A picture of the island from circa 1943.

    View attachment 3413

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  5. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    There are some investigation files at the Australian Archives, but unfortunately theu have not been digitised yet. You could request copies though

    Go to:
    National Archives of Australia - Login

    Click Guest

    Enter Ballale in the search box
  6. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

  7. clivetemple

    clivetemple New Member

    Thanks guys.

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