ALIVE FROM THE DEAD
It’s November 30, 1939 and Alan Clayton is a 23-year-old newly enlisted Private in the Army from the small country town of Cohuna, in regional Victoria. After completing training at Puckapunyal, he is deployed on the second boat to leave Australia for the Middle East. Spending time in Libya, Crimea, Bordia, Tobruk and Greece he writes home regularly to his family telling them about life in training and on the front of WW2.
When his family receives notice of his heroic death fighting against the German invaders at Ve Ve Pass in Greece, they are devastated by the loss. But Alan’s story is not complete – the family receive a telegram from a PoW somewhere in Greece and are left confused yet hopeful about Alan’s fate. The Red Cross investigates and finds Alan is alive in a German War Camp in Greece. He spends two years in the camp before returning to Australia, with unhealed wounds and health issues that would impact the rest of his life.
The story of his capture and survival is explored through letters, diaries and news articles from the time.