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25 April 2017 | Happenings, Sponsorship | Brad Rey

John's Story

John* (name protected for privacy) contacted us just a couple of months ago, feeling quite disgruntled about our Z-Force wine. He was upset that we had named it Z-Force, as the unit’s official name was actually known as ‘Z Special Unit’. We were appreciative of this knowledge, but assured him that the wine isn’t intended to be named as the unit, but rather serve as a tribute to their service.

From this first point of contact, we have established a fantastic association with John to learn more about the Z Special Unit so that we are more aware about the background behind our tribute, through our Z-Force wine.

As he told us, it is sad to know there are no grave sites or memorials in Thailand for Z Special Unit, however, Kranji Cemetery in Singapore does have a number of sites commemorating these brave individuals. In particular, the gentlemen who were executed for their part in Operation Rimau.

John is still very much involved, as he continues to pay homage to the Z Special Unit in his daily life. He informs us that he will be in Thailand again this year (his tenth consecutive year), now in fact, where he is assisting the Australian Embassy there to lay wreaths (three Victorian Associations had asked him this year to lay wreaths) and also to escort wreath layers at Kanchanaburi Cemetery.

Prior to the mid-morning service today (April 25, Anzac Day), many hundreds of people would have attended the Dawn Service at Hellfire Pass.  In John’s opinion, this is a 'bucket List' item for Australians and many other nationalities as it is on the Konyu Cutting on the Burma - Thai Railway line where the Z Special Unit servicemen also frequented.

We are so thankful of our association with John, and the knowledge that he gives us about the Z Special Unit. Thank you for sharing your stories and knowledge with us John.

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