Soldiers remembered

August 29, 2017

Captain Claude Nye and Sergeant Herbert (Bert) Warman, 2/14th Bn, both KIA.

The 1939-1945 memorial in Tatura’s Robert Mactier VC Memorial Gardens recognises Claude Nye and Herbert (Bert) Warman.

Both were locals as well as members of the 59th Militia Battalion before transferring to the regular army’s 2/14th Battalion, 21st Brigade, and 7th Division.

Claude and Bert both saw action in the Middle East fighting in Egypt against the Italians and Germans as part of the battles of the Western Desert Campaign.

They were also involved in operations in the Syrian Lebanon Campaign fighting against the Vichy French who were pro-German.

Faced with the Japanese entry into the war and the threat to Australia, the 7th Division was recalled to Australia where it undertook training before embarking for Port Moresby in August 1942 and starting operations against the Japanese along the Kokoda Track.

They were killed in action on consecutive days on the Kokoda Track in September 1942 fighting withdrawal actions against the strong Japanese advances from the north of Papua who were thrusting towards Port Moresby.

Captain Claude Nye died on September 8, 1942, attempting to break through to relieve brigade headquarters that had been cut off.

Sergeant Herbert Warman was missing, presumed dead on the September 9, 1942, while guarding the approaches to the track and has no known grave.

Claude formerly worked at the Tatura Railway Station and he resided with his wife in Tatura.

Bert lived with his parents in Tatura, with his father also working at the Tatura Railway Station.

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