This gallery honours the memory of Geoff Peters (Sergeant Chalkie 1969-70) who sadly passed away on the 26 th July 2013 before he had finished this project. He was suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis. His wife Jenny, with the help of others, has completed this project in his honour. Your assistance is required to identify his mates in the photos. This can be done by commenting on the page or emailing the webmaster directly at email@example.com. Please identify the photo(s) by quoting the number of the photo (identified in the caption)
001 Sgt. Geoff Peters as a year old conscript
002 Sgt. Geoff Peters with the Igam Education Centre in the background
003 Sgt Geoff Peters outside the Education Centre, Igam Barracks
004 Sgt. Geoff Peters outside the Education Centre, Igam Barracks
005 Sgt. Geoff Peters outside the Education Centre
006 Geoff’s daily uniform
007 Sgt. Geoff Peters inside the Education Building
008 Sgt. Geoff Peters and the rifle on which he trained in Australia
009 Geoff showing management potential
010 Geoff inside the Education Centre
011 Geoff Peters and Terry Mason near Mt. Hagen
012 From Left: Sgt. Andrew Remenyi, Sgt. Geoff Peters, Capt. Dick Robertson, Sgt. David Pollock,? Sgt Bob Humphries, Lt Tom Hall, Sgt. Les Rowe
013 Sgt. Geoff Peters and other chalkies
014 Geoff Peters after a trip to the highlands
015 From left: Sgts. Andrew Remenyi, Geoff Peters, Ken Barton and Terry Mason
016 Sgts. Geoff Peters and Terry Mason and friend
017 Geoff at Lae War Cemetery
018 Geoff during training period – the raw recruit
019 Andrew Boyd at front and I think a tall Brendan Nolan at rear
020 Andrew Boyd at front right. Not sure of the others
021 Andrew 2nd from right Brendan Nolan on left
022 Boyd Robertson on right Greg Smith 2nd from left
024 Geoff Peters and mates before a parade in Australia
025 Geoff Peters and mates dressed up during Recruit Training at Puckapunyal
026 Capt. Dick Robertson and Sgt. Andrew Remenyi
027 Sgts. Hugh Wilkinson and Andrew Remenyi, ? Sgt Bob Humphries (face obscured with feet on table)
028 Sgt Bob Humphries is between the stacks, Sgt Alan Percival reading in the background and Sgt Hugh Wilkinson in the foreground.
029 Sgts. Les Rowe and David Pollock
030 Sgt. Andrew Remenyi and WO2 Bob ?
031 Igam Chalkies exploring
032 ? Sgt Wolf Iwanowich on left
033 Sgts. Les Rowe and Andrew Remenyi
034 Sgt. David Pollock with a relic
035 Sgt. Geoff Peters’ first class 1970
036 Three of Geoff’s students
037 Sgt. Andrew Remenyi and one of the few females in Lae (girlfriend of Gary Phillips)
038 Capt. Dick Robertson, wife Helen and children
039 Capt. Dick Robertson and family
040 Capt. Dick Robertson
045 Cricket match
046 Gary Phillips (a friend but can’t remember if army or not). Just after making 100 and winning the semi for his team at Mt Hagen
047 Trawae (on the left) and Zeeang (on the right) from the labour line who helped with uniforms and cleaning
048 Trawae had worked out that the way to keep the education officers and sergeants happy was to keep the coffee coming
049 the Area theatre and soldiers’ club is on the left, the gym is in the immediate background and the area swimming pool is in the middle to right foreground. In the background behind the pool dressing sheds, with the sloping roof, is the Area chapel. The photo is taken from the Sergeants’ Mess.
050 Igam Barracks Sergeants Mess
051 Igam Barracks Sergeants Mess accommodation and dining area
053 Pool, Igam Barracks
054 Education Section, Igam Barracks
056 Aerial view of Lae
057 Lae intersection
058 Lae street
059 Burns Philp, Lae
060 Port Moresby business area and harbour
061 Bomana War Cemetery Port Moresby for Aussie and PNG soldiers killed in WW2
062 Rabaul and Simpson harbour with volcano in background
063 Trip to Popondetta and Buna sign post
064 Memorial Cemetery at Popondetta
065 Execution Spot 3 miles from Popondetta
066 Trip to Wau. Possibly abandoned Bulolo Gold Mine
067 Road to Mt Hagen
068 Main street of Mt. Hagen
069 View over Goroka
070 Goroka market on Saturday morning
071 Goroka village
072 Goroka Teachers College
073 3 Chimbu children wearing black cassowary feathers and cuscus fur
074 Goroka man and girl with pythons. She has betel nut around her neck
075 Mud men from Goroka at Goroka Show
076 Men from Wabag at Goroka Show
And there’s more: Pics 047 and 048 are photos of the two Papua New Guineans from the labour line who worked at the Education Section. In 047 Trawae is on the left and Zeeang is on the right. 048 is a photo of Trawae. Trawae had worked out that the way to keep the education officers and sergeants happy was to keep the coffee coming. When I arrived in PNG I was a standard NATO man – white with two. Every Papua New Guinean has a sweet tooth and Trawae’s coffee was like treacle. The only way out was to drink black coffee no sugar and I have ever since.
On closer inspection: a couple more points about pics 027 and 028. In pic 027, I believe that the third person at the table, whose face is obscured, is SGT Bob Humphries. Given that Bob’s feet are on the table it can be safely assumed that this was not an Army PR photograph.
In pic 028, SGT Bob Humphries is between the stacks, I believe that it is SGT Alan Percival reading in the background while I happen to be occupying the foreground.
Gee! We were better looking in those days. I have not seen pics 027 or 028 before.
‘unsure’ in pic 012 is ARA SGT Bob Humphries.
My guess is SGT Wolf Iwanowich (MCS) on the left in pic 032.
Cheers to all.