On the 6 March 2012 at the Mt Annan Australian Botanic Gardens, a Hoop Pine Tree and a Plaque was dedicated to commemorate and revere the memory of those who served with the 2/5 Australian General Hospital.
This Unit was actively engaged in five theatres of war during the period 1940 -- 1945, namely Greece -- Crete -- Eritrea -- New Guinea -- Morotai Island.
In September 2012 Andrew and I, went to Torun Poland where Dad (Vince Egan) was held as a POW.
Dad had written that he was held in 4 different forts/camps. Dad arrived in Torun on 31/12/1941. He was held in Stalag XXA - Fort XV. Later he was moved to Fort XIII and then Fort XIV. In mid-1944 he was moved to a "hutted camp" - Copernicus Lager. On the 20th of January 1944 he was moved out of Torun.
Before arriving I was in contact with tourist guide, Jan Rucinski, who was exceptionally helpful. He located all 4 places and arranged to take us to all of them. On our first day Jan took us to the 2 places where prisoners were taken off the trains when they first arrived in Torun, and processed. These huts were adjacent to the railway line. We were also shown the buildings built by German POWs. Whilst the 2/5 AGH men did not work for the Germans some accompanied work parties and so may have gone here.
Copernicus Lager has been completely removed. Jan took us to the foundations of a hutted camp to...