Stoker Munro, Survivor
By David Spiteri
Published by Harper Collins
RRP $27.99 in paperback
During his navy career, author David Spiteri served aboard HMAS Perth and it was this that sparked his interest in the history of the first Perth and the story of Stoker Munro, an inexperienced seventeen year old who went to war and turned out to be an extraordinary survivor.
The sinking of the Perth was only the beginning of the war for Stoker. He suffered through years as a POW, including in Changi and on the Thai-Burma Railway. After the war, he was to serve on HMAS Bataan and once again, he found himself in the war zone, this time the Korean conflict.
He finally left the navy in 1966, his final ship, the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. This is a book that pays tribute to the human spirit. As Spiteri writes, it was the will to survive that kept Munro alive through it all.