During WWII, NZ Post & Telegraph civilians accompanied by NZ soldiers were sent to far-flung corners to the Pacific to watch for enemy activity -- 'coastwatching'. Twenty-two coastwatchers including 17 New Zealanders were brutally murdered by Japanese forces on 15 October 1942 on Tarawa Atoll (Kiribati).
Seventy years later their sacrifice was formally commemorated. The last surviving Coastwatcher from the group sent to Kiribati, 92-year-old John Jones was there to remember his mates and recount his amazing story of survival.
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