Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 16, 2011 23:30:41 GMT 12
I just came across this article, it's not your average WWII kiwi soldier story. I'd love to know if he's still around, sadly there are no C.M. Temm's in the directory.
Evening Post, Volume CXXXIV, Issue 73, 23 September 1942, Page 4
WITH A.I.F. COMMANDO
WELLINGTON BOY'S EXPERIENCE
Wounded eleven times in action against the Japanese, and one of twelve survivors of an Australian commando unit of 528 men, a New Zealander. Private C. M. Temm, A.I.F., has returned to his home in Wellington after eight months of adventure and narrow escapes in Japanese-occupied territory. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. F. G. J. Temm, of Homebush Road, Khandallah.
Private Temm was recently invalided back to Australia with, the remnants of his unit, and prior to his arrival in this country had spent some time in a military hospital in Sydney, recovering from the effects of wounds, hardship, and privations while making his way back to Australia.
He has seen service on the Burma border, has been in Lashio, on the famous Burma Road, and was also in Malaya in the early days of the campaign. He was in Singapore when it fell, and his unit fought its way out. Since then he has found himself in New Guinea, Timor, and the Solomons, and New Caledonia. Private Temm, who has fought the Japanese at close quarters, does not belittle the enemy. He describes him as a good fighter of extraordinary stamina, and clever and subtle.