Regimental Bandsman – 2/22nd Battalion (Infantry)
Born: 19 September 1919, Penshurst, Victoria
Died: 1 July 1942, on the Montevideo Maru, South China Sea
Details provided by: Lisa Roberts, Australian Govt WWII Nominal Roll, & Australian War Memorial
Group portrait of members of the 2/22nd Battalion Regimental Band, originally the Brunswick Salvation Army Band, all of whom jointly enlisted in 1940. The battalion served as a garrison force at Rabaul, New Britain, until 23 January 1942 when a force of over 5,000 Japanese troops with air and naval support stormed ashore in the early hours of the morning and overwhelmed the Australians. Frank Meddings is understood to be one of the members of the band shown in the photo, however due to indistinctness of the image, the positions of individual band members cannot be identified. (Source: Australian War Memorial). The background terrain indicates that the photo was taken in Australia prior to embarkation for New Guinea.