Gordon and Glynis Marshall discuss the service of John Marshall, Gordon’s father, in World War 2. John Marshall worked at the airfield in Broome during the war, assisting with planes. He didn’t talk about his experiences very much, but Gordon is pleased to have a new headstone on his father’s grave that recognises his father’s service. Gordon and Glynis also discuss their feelings on service in the defence forces now, and explain that their great-nephew is currently serving in the army. This recording was made by John Marshall’s grave in Derby.
This interview took place on 7 September 2015 in Derby and was conducted by Dr Mary Anne Jebb as part of the Australian Research Council-funded research project Serving our Country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia. This is the third of three interviews Gordon Marshall was involved in for the project, in the first interview, Gordon was joined by John Watson and Anne Milgin and they spoke about the area around Jarlmadangah, Nookanbah and Derby in the Kimberley during World War 2 - about what people saw and remembered about the army from back then, Gordon’s second interview focuses more on his own National Service experiences in the 1970s.
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