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DEATH MARCH

GIRL'S AWFUL ORDEAL Sole Survivor In Trek From Burma To Assam N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 9.30 a.m. LONDON, July 15. The story of a civilian death march through Burma has been related, says the British Official Wireless. A 14-year-old girl, Agnes ] Clark, walked hundreds of miles when the Japanese invaded Burma ', to. reach Assam. She was the only ! survivor of a party which included IR. V. Littlewood, a superintendent : in the Burma Land Record Service. Littlewood was ordered, with others, to go to Myitkyina, from where they were to be evacuated by air. I However, the Japanese bombed the airfield, destroying all the aircraft, and no more planes came from India. The only alternative , was to walk out of Burma. Little- ' wood was used to the jungle, but the party also had to face monsoons and horse-leeches. Conditions were against them and one by one they dropped out through sickness, Littlewood dying from pneumonia at the tiny hamlet of Nathkaw, According to letters received by his widow, Littlewood took up the rear of the party and made the others "put their best foot forward" every day, so - they sometimes covered between 12 and 18 miles a day. After a dreadful march, during which the coolies carrying their food and luggage ran away, Littlewood and a Captain F*ryer died peacefully. • Agnes Clark felt their pulses and I hearts to make sure they were dead 1 and took their papers and money to hand over when she reached safety. However, she was deprived of everything by natives, who threatened her with revolvers. The natives also stripped the bodies of what few clothes they had left. The girl continued the journey alone until she ultimately reached Assam. PLAYED WITH BOMB One Boy Killed, Eleven Other Children Injured BYRON BAY FATALITY i Rec. 12.30. SYDNEY, this day. • A boy. aged 16 was killed and 11 , other children were injured when a I flare-bomb with which they were ' playing exploded at Byron Bay. The . bomb is believed to have been taken ! from a vessel which was wrecked i at the end of Byron Bay jetty five . weeks ago. It exploded when a ) match was dropped in it. Every ; child in the group playing with the - bomb was a victim. Five of them i were of one family, and four of them from another family.

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DEATH MARCH, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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DEATH MARCH Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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