Sometimes, the little details get missed.
I have seen a letter dated XXII, a plaque for a Cowra fountain dated XXI but for the first time I have seen a date for the fascist calendar used on a REPORT ON PRISONER OF WAR: XIX.
Rocco Cariglia was with Maritime Command Tobruk when he was captured in Libya on 5th January 1941. On 22nd October 1941, nine days after arriving in Australia, he signed and dated his Report on Prisoner of War.
Is this unusual?
I doubt that the Australian army clerk processing the form or Lieutenant McCarthy who signed the form noticed these few strokes of the pencil/pen.
And if they did, did they realise the statement Rocco was making.
Rocco Cariglia from Gargamico [Foggia]
From Cowra Camp Rocco was transferred to Murchison Camp in Victoria before being transferred to Western Australia. He departed Australia on the Chitral in September 1946.
This discovery is a reminder that the prisoner of war forms are filled with little bits of information which helps create ‘the bigger picture’.