Onscreen text: 1 million Australians enlisted to serve in the Second World War. Harry Nesbitt was one of them.
Taken POW by the Japanese, Harry was sent to work in labour camps, even when medically unfit...
Harry Nesbitt: At Hintok, on the last camp that I actually worked on, I had been taken out of the hospital tent to go to work that day. And that was typical of what was happening. Blokes with ulcers as big as teacups were made go out and work.
I was sent out to work when I could hardly walk. I had no skin left on the soles of my feet.
And, when you got back to camp, they used to hold Tenko, which is actual roll-call. And I couldn’t walk home – I had to crawl home on my hands and knees. And they held all the rest of the working party there until I crawled into the camp, before they could make the roll-call complete.
Henry James (Harry) Nesbitt, 1918 –2013