L R Stoney
by Gae Fenske
L R Stoney was a member of 'Gull Force' - about 1500 men sent to protect Ambon. Shortly after they arrived on Ambon, they were 'joined' by 15,000 Japanese troops.
Driver L R Stoney (NX 5705) of the AASC was a guest of the Emperor for three and a half years, finally losing struggle to survive on 27th July 1945. He did survive three and a half years of Japanese "hospitality".
The survival rate of Australian prisoners of war on Ambon was just over 20%.
He was my mother's youngest brother.