2 Aug 2017

110-year-old Solomons' scout to be honoured for WWII role

From , 3:02 pm on 2 August 2017

From this Saturday through to next Thursday a series of events on Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands will be held to mark the 75th anniversary of one of the most important battles of World War Two.

The Battle of Guadalcanal, one of the most costly in the Pacific, was one of the first successes for the Americans and their allies in combatting the advance of the Japanese.

There will be a significant international presence, particularly from the United States, but also from Australia and New Zealand.

One local group also taking part is the Solomons Scouts and Coastwatchers Trust, which has been working for some years to have their contribution to the war effort recognised.

A spokesman for the Trust, Sir Bruce Saunders, told Don Wiseman about the role the scouts and coastwatchers played.

Marines rest in the field on Guadalcanal.

Marines rest in the field on Guadalcanal. Photo: WikiCommons