Ned’s book now the full Monte

Ned Monte with the latest version of his book. Picture: TARA GOONAN

Ned Monte with the latest version of his book. Picture: TARA GOONAN

HELLFIRE Pass veteran Ned Monte, 93, has taken his stories of his wartime experiences into a third edition.

Once a prisoner of war of the Empire of Japan, he first published a short biography in 2008 when he was 87.

It was entitled Bunyabagoose, (a favourite exclamation of his) and was written in co-operation with a grandson, Anthony Monte.

Mr Monte’s son, Ken, said his father, a widower who lives at Murray Gardens retirement village in East Albury, had been surprised how popular the book had proved.

It isn’t all about his years in captivity after he was captured in Singapore in 1942, but also relates childhood incidents such as getting a flight with Sir Charles Kingsford Smith at Bonegilla.

Young Ned rode a pony to attend Mitta Junction school while his father worked on the Hume Dam construction.

“Dad has remembered a lot more and had added quite a lot to what was in the first two editions,” Mr Monte said.

And there is a lot to remember from the 4½ years in captivity including a spell on the Thai-Burma railway, and nearly being shot by his captors over an escape.

Mr Monte’s book is priced at $15 and it can be purchased from Yums cafes at City Walk in Albury and in Elgin Boulevard, Wodonga

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