Nyck Jeanes: Lt Col Mervyn Jeanes

Posted on: Mon 16 Jul 2018

Nyck Jeanes talks about his father, Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn Roderick Jeanes, who among other awards, earned the Military Cross for planning and leading the first Australian attack at El Alamein with ‘outstanding leadership and gallantry‘.  Lt Col Jeanes died in 1978 without ever discussing his wartime experiences with his son.  Nyck’s song Streets of Adelaide is sort of a quest to understand his Dad.

Producer Helen Meyer

Main photo AWM 109060 copyright expired:   Labuan, North Borneo 10.06.1945.  Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn Roderick Jeanes, CO 2/43rd Infantry Battalion, with General Douglas MacArthur, and Lieutenant General Sir Leslie J Morshead inspecting positions held by 2/43rd Infantry Bn after their landing on the island.

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