|I am now 95 years of age and the eldest sister of Keith, from a family of eight siblings: there are three sisters and one brother surviving. I am so pleased to be able to honour the memory of Gunner Keith Trigg aka AK Trigg NX53269 and our parents George and Ellen Trigg.
I saw the anguish my parents went through waiting throughout the war having heard Keith was a POW and then nothing.
My father passed away in 1952 still tormented at not knowing what had happened to his eldest son who had turned 20 on March 15th after capture. In his letter sent as a POW he made mention of it not being a very good birthday present.
His Army records would have him turning 24 in September, as he had stated his date of birth as 15/09 1918, putting his age up on enlistment at Paddington NSW. He was originally in the 9th Division but transferred to the 2/22Battalion where he was a Gunner in the 17th A/T Battery.
My Mother, Ellen Trigg, attended a Memorial Service in Rabaul in about 1960? She cherished the opportunity to meet with some of the other families who had the same questions as to what had happened to their husbands, sons, brothers and friends.
I know she contacted the family of Wilfred Trigg mentioned in your September newsletter to see if they were related or perhaps the two men had met in Rabaul, but there was no connection.
I was a nursing sister at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney during the duration of the war and Keith used to visit me whenever he could. We also corresponded and I still have his letters from Rabaul which are cherished by the family.
Dorothy Aiken, née Trigg