The Salvation Army have been in touch to let us know about a program of music they’re putting on in memory of their Salvation Army bandsmen who went down on the Montevideo Maru.
The unmarked Japanese prison ship was hit by a torpedo off the coast of the Phillipines by an American submarine, which is unaware of the Montevideo Maru’s human cargo.
Among the victims were Salvation Army bandsmen of the 2/22nd Battalion, predominantly from the Brunswick Citadel Band (Vic.), including renowned bandmaster Arthur Gullidge.
1 July 2012 marks 70 years since the horrific incident. In remembrance, the Governor-General will be takin part in dedicating a memorial at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on 1 July.
As a way of recognising The Salvation Army’s loss in the disaster, the Melbourne Staff Band, the premier Salvation Army in Australia, (www.salvationarmy.org.au/msb) will be visiting Canberra to take part in the events.