Lot 317: Photo album of British sailor in WWII Pacific
23rd February 2017
Photo album of British sailor in WWII Pacific. Heading: (World War II Photograph Album - Japan & Australia). Title: Photograph album assembled by a Royal Navy seaman during World War II in the Pacific. Place Published: No place. Date Published: 1940's. Description: 96 silver photographs of various sizes from approx. 8.5x5.5 cm (3¼x2¼") to 24x19 cm (9½x7½"), loose in corner mounts on album leaves, many with handwritten captions on the leaves, a number of others captioned in the negative. Album measures 23.5x36 cm (9¼x14¼"), padded cloth. Photograph album put together by William George Narroway who served aboard the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Glory and other vessels. About half of the photographs are images apparently taken by Narroway himself, the others are stock shots of Australian communities, etc. Among the photographs are eleven of the Japanese surrender to Australian forces at Rabaul, and subsequent victory celebrations; four photographs of the signing of the Japanese surrender document on the flight deck of HMS Glory; three snapshots of the Victory Day march in Melbourne; several large photographs taken aboard ship, showing a marine fighting party pointing guns to the sky, rows of aircraft on deck, military trucks being loaded, and the burials-at-sea of a Glory crew member as well as a POW. Present is the 4-page "Certificate of the Service of Narroway, William George..." recording his voluntary enlistment in 1943, the ships on which he served, and other details. The album comprises a marvelous record of the latter stages of the war in the Pacific through the eyes of a British sailor. Condition: Wear as may be expected, very good.
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