War and the Ukulele

A friend of mine in Brisbane pointed me to an ANZAC Square memorial of the South-west Pacific Campaigne, 1942-1945. 

woundedanzac_plaque

Apart from its historic significance, it also has something for the ukulele players of the world, as can be seen from the photograph below.

ANZAC Uke

I tried unsuccessfully to find a reference to a soldier in the field with a ukulele, but I did find a picture of Driver D. Dixon entertaining the staff of 112 (Brisbane) Military Hospital with his ukulele before Christmas dinner, 1944.085384

Used with permission of Australian War Memorial
http://cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/085384

An internet search on ‘ukulele’ and ‘kokoda trail’ only led me to ads by tour guides who take people along that famous trail today. The guides apparently refresh weary holiday trekkers at the end of the day by strumming ukuleles.

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  1. […] is the second driver (see War and the Ukulele) that I’ve found who played ukulele. This particular ukulele appears to be of Hawaiian […]


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