Historic Ukulele — Rats of Tobruk

A ukulele belonging to Corporal Harold Smith, who was one of the Rats of Tobruk, was found after his capture and presented to his parents, according to the Perth Daily News of Wednesday 21 April, 1943.


The ukulele had been decorated with three drawings of rats together with the word “Tobruk”. Members of his unit from officers to privates wrote their names on any spare wood of the ukulele, totalling some 200 signatures. Ned Ducker was the one who recovered the uke and returned it to East Fremantle.

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