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his defiance led to his being denied food and to his suffering severe malnutrition as a consequence, he was known to share his meagre supplies purchased from local Koreans with other prisoners who were sick. It must have been apparent to Private Madden that to pursue this course of action must eventually result in his death. This did not deter him and, for over six months, while becoming progressively weaker, he remained undaunted in his resistance. He would in no way cooperate with the enemy.

This gallant soldier's outstanding heroism was an inspiration to all his fellow prisoners.


AUSTIN, Maurice, Lieutenant Colonel (1/10),
1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1952

Shortly after assuming command of 1 RAR, Lieutenant Colonel Austin was given the task of defending the vital ground-Hill 355-against which the enemy had recently launched a heavy attack, seriously damaging the defences. At this time the battalion was patrolling aggressively and regularly attacking enemy patrols in the vicinity of its hard-won forward localities. Lieutenant Colonel Austin immediately began clearing no-man's land and restoring the defences of his sector, tasks made additionally hazardous by constant shelling and by the fact that most of the friendly minefields were unmarked.


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