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Pyke Neil




Five sons in the AIF is a notable family contribution. These are the five sons of Mrs Charles Pyke, of Cranbrook, East Coast. Back (I to r), Ptes Neil and Gordon Pyke. Gordon is a prisoner of war. Front (I to r), Ptes Keith, Charles, and Halmer Pyke. Mrs Pyke also has two sons-inlaw in the AIF. An aunt of the boys is Mrs C Wallace, of Council Cottage, Swansea. Mrs Wallace's only, son, Dennis, is in the AIF, and, of her nephews, 14 are in the Army and one in the merchant navy. Mr Wallace was a member of the 1st AIF, and Mrs Wallace was his English bride.

Pte Neil Pyke was a prisoner of war and on board the Tamahoko Maru which was one of the ships in a convoy on the way to Japan.  One of the ships in the convoy was torpedoed by USS Tang and the Tamahoko Maru which was closest to the torpedoed vessel was almost blown apart.

560 POW’s in this convoy were killed.












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