Allison, Errol (Bill)

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Oral history. Reminiscences of life in Southland 1918 - 1939. Experiences with the 20th South Island Battalion New Zealand Army in Egypt, Greece and the evacuation from Crete. Made POW and transported to Germany.
Liberated in 1945 he spent time in Russia and England before returning to New Zealand and returning to teaching. He resigned from teaching in 1950's and travelled extensively and spent time working for the American Red Cross. Returned to New Plymouth and resumed teaching at New Plymouth Boys High School.

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  Part 1

Tape 1 side B Recorded: August 9th 1993

007:Describes early life in Gore.

027:Father farming, grand parents were Scots.

042: Father died when Bill was 12. Talks of the Depression, very difficult for family.

055: Working in the Post Office.

085: Transferred to Wellington.

161: Went teaching at Farewell Spit.

203: Went to Dunedin Training College in the late 1939's.

306: Describes joining up with the 20th South Island Battalion.

345: Served with the Artillery.

372: Sailed for overseas.

  Part 2

Tape 2 side A Recorded: August 9th 1993

005: Sailed to Fremantle.

Landed in Egypt in February. Talks of experiences in the Greece.

Tape 2 side B Recorded: August 9th 1993

Continues his story of war experiences in Greece and Crete

  Part 3

Tape 3 side A Recorded: August 9th 1993

Continues his war story. Was captured and relates story of being transported to Germany.

Tape 3 side B Recorded: August 9th 1993

Describes his arrest. Talks of the Russian advance 1945 and being shelled by both sides. Talks of a visit back to Crete.

  Part 4

Tape 4 side A Recorded: 13 September 1993

Was liberated in 1945 and spent some time in Russia before travelling to England. Describes feeling on return to NZ. Teaching refresher course, marriage failure. Went overseas 1954 - describes route. Met future wife in NZ Embassy, Singapore. Describes travelling though Asia (Thailand and Indonesia). Stowed away on ship to Australia.

Tape 4 side B Recorded: 13 September 1993

Finally arrived in Sydney, met by brother. Sailed for New Zealand. Served with Red Cross in Vietnam. returned with Teetar (wife). Describes living in New Plymouth - teaching, children etc.

Interviewer: Joy Peckham

Abstraction: Joy Peckham

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