Frank Holland, M.B.E. Commando, Coastwatcher
Editor Peter Stone, with Mabel Holland & John Holland

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Commander Eric Feldt in his book "The Coast Watchers" described Frank Holland as pure Hemingway. However, Ernest Hemingway, great storyteller than he was, would not have dared to create a character of such unbelievable quality.

He would not have dared to present his readers with a composite of adventurer, pioneer, jungle man, behind the lines commando and civil engineer and reasonably expect those readers to accept him as true-to-life. And yet Frank Holland was all these things and more.

Frank's exploits after the fall of Rabaul are now legend. For his extraordinary demeanour during these dark days, Frank was awarded the M.B.E.

He was enlisted as an officer into "Z" Special Force and inserted into Timor where he operated behind Japanese lines, organising resistance forces. He was then inserted behind the lines in Borneo where he served in clandestine operations until war's end, accepting the surrender of the local Japanese commander in September 1945.

In 1946 the family return to the place they called home in New Guinea. Here they found a badly damaged Rabaul with a tremendous amount of work to be done by way of restoration and improvement. Characteristically, Frank rolled up his sleeves and commenced the next stage of his amazing life.


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7 pages of Index


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