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07 April 2012

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To Whom It May Concern,
I am seeking information about John Eshott Carr who was a friend of my late mother when they were both at the Friends' School in Hobart in the 1930s. John E. Carr was a prisoner of war aboard the Montevideo Maru. He was the son of Nellie and Cedric Errol Carr. After the death of his father in Papua New Guinea in 1936, he was legally adopted by his mother's sister, Stella, and her husband Colonel Robert Mowbray Winston Thirkell.
Another Gunner who was also in the Lark Force (but escaped and made his way back to Australia) was named Laurence William Sawford. Before Laurence's death in 1913, he told his family that someone had gone (possibly to Rabaul), in search of John Carr when he was reported missing. Do you have any information regarding that person? (It may or may not have been his adoptive father, Robert M.W. THIRKELL... If you have any letters/documents regarding this query, it would be greatly appreciated. I have his war history and there is a letter from R.M.W.THIRKELL inquiring about John.Also,if you have any information about John's mother, Nellie Carr it would also be highly appreciated.

I am trying to find any information regarding Charles Eric Houghton. I think that he was a prisoner of war aboard the Montevideo Maru. He and his wife Violet had a copra plantation in Rabal prior to the war.

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