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Guard Could Not Shoot At Escaping Soldiers BREAK FROM MELBOURNE GAOL Rec. noon. MELBOURNE, this day. Twenty-two soldiers at the old Geelong gaol scaled two stone walls to escape from detention. They had earlier cut the telephone wires between the sentry box and the alarm system. Four of them, including the alleged ringleader, have been recaptured. Most of the others are believed to have reached Melbourne. When the wires were cut the armed guard on the catwalk at the eaol was unable to raise the alarm. He saw the escapees, one after the other, climb the 12-foot inner wall with the aid of tins stacked on the end as steps. Grabbing several ladders, they scrambled over the 15-foot high' outer wall and dropped into the street, where they split up into several parties. A military regulation prevented the guard from using his loaded rifle.

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SAVED BY REGULATION, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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SAVED BY REGULATION Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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