11

Royal Papua and New Guinea Constabulary










 












 






 









4148 Tabuna (a member of the Papuan Constabulary);
 











\


New Guinea. 13 April 1944. Corporal Awai of the Royal Papuan Constabulary wearing the Loyal Service Medal which he received for conspicuous service against the Japanese.
------

New Guinea. 1944-04. Constable Sikomi of the Royal Papuan Constabulary wearing the Loyal Service Medal for service against the Japanese
------
Sgt Major Bagita, Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the Royal Papuan Constabulary in the Moresby district. He is wearing the two stars on his breast, one for each ten years service
-----
 
RABAUL, NEW BRITAIN, 1945-11-25. SERGEANT-MAJOR (FIRST CLASS) NIGOTAMI, WHO HAS HAD 26 YEARS SERVICE
------




The backbone of the Constabulary 

 




 Parade down Mango Ave Rabaul 1964




1944 MALMAL, JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN.  NANGOWEAN, A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY.
----



1944 SERGEANT IWAGU, GM, ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY, A NATIVE FROM THE FINSCHHAFEN DISTRICT WHO HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE POLICE FORCE FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS.
------



1944 SERGEANT MERIRE, BEM, ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY, A NATIVE OF THE WARIA DISTRICT
------



1944-SERGEANT-MAJOR ARWESOR, BEM, ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY, A NATIVE OF THE RAI COAST, MADANG DISTRICT, WHO HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE POLICE FORCE FOR THE PAST 13 YEARS.
----



 
 
Sergeant Major Merire from Gomema village in Markham Valley near Lae was a member of the Royal Papuan and New Guinea Constabulary who joined the police force in 1936. On the occasion of the Japanese landings at Madang in 1942, he was able to move all the residents with their supplies into the forest to avoid capture. His subsequent observations as far along the coast as Finschhafen served to guide U.S. bombing raids on Japanese positions.

Merire was captured on several occasions, but always managed to escape with new information. When Australian troops initiated a recapture of the island, his service as a guide was invaluable. For his efforts he was awarded the British Empire Medal, and in 1952 was featured on a stamp of Papua New Guinea

KAIAPIT, NEW GUINEA. 1943-09-26. "YARAWA" A NATIVE POLICEMAN WHO CAPTURED A JAPANESE SERGEANT SINGLE HANDED IN THE 21ST AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE AREA.


 

 

1945 SERGEANT YAUWIKA OF THE NEW GUINEA NATIVE CONSTABULARY WHO SERVED WITH DISTINCTION WITH THE COAST WATCHING ORGANISATION
------

 



PRESENTING THE NEW GUINEA POLICE FORCE MEDAL FOR LOYALTY TO POLICE SERGEANT  (YAUWIKA).
HE WAS A NATIVE POLICEMAN OF THE BRITISH SOLOMON ISLANDS PROTECTORATE DEFENCE FORCE.

Sergeant Yauwiga, Solomon Islands Native Constabulary, wearing the Loyal Services Medal he was awarded for his assistance to Coastwatchers operating in the Solomon Islands.

Sergeant Yauwiga worked with Coastwatchers Lt.-Cdr Read and Lt. Paul Mason RANVR. He worked for seventeen months behind Japanese lines forming a vital link in the Coastwatchers’ chain. Sergeant Yauwiga was a member of an American forces party which landed on Torokina and Bouganville and he was credited with being remarkably brave and being able to influence the regular carriers.

During the latter stages of the war, Yauwiga, now promoted to Sergeant Major, devised a campaign of rumour and subversion that led the Japanese to execute ten of their own leading kempis (spies). He arrested another 30 spies, thus destroying the Japanese network on Bougainville. In June 1945, he was injured by a faulty grenade which exploded as he pulled the pin out. His left hand was blown off and one eye destroyed and the other damaged. Yauwiga was evacuated and flown to Brisbane for emergency surgery. Surgeons saved the sight of the damaged eye but his personal loss and his loss to the operation were considerable.


RPNGC Cadet Bom Merire   Sgt Major Benao Merire (1913-1973) BEM  31 years police service

Bom Merire went on  to become Assistant commissioner


Royal Papuan Constabulary

 Valour Badge

List of Recipients

2585 Cpl Nabuka, 2675 Const Moumake,  3247 Const Arokapani,

2095 Const Kapma, 3392 Const Wotwa, 3013 Const Teboro, 2832 Const Buri,

3403 Const Amo,  2414 Const Kaman, 2555 Walinging, 2371 Const Nokamban,

2349 Const Tembe, 3003 Const Donis, 2086 Const Sunai, 3238 Conat Belua,

3991 Sgt/Maj Poganau, 2744 Const Garap, 4012 Const Angle, 4007 Const Dangadang,

5200 Const Manawambi, 5194 L/Cpl Nemo, 5196 Const Nohunga, 1806 L/Cpl Wari,

Sgt Lea, Sgt/Maj Avivisa 

 

 

 

Royal Papuan Constabulary

Loyal Service Medal

List of Recipients 

Sgt Sanopa, Sgt Mamtanibo,Cpl Mama, L/Cpl Kar, Cpl Oresi, A/C Oivo, Sgt Sari,

A/C Oivo, L/Cpl Dapusi, L/Cpl Ilu, Sgt Yauwika, AC Gageri, AC Watute, L/Cpl Saura,

AC Oiwoe, AC Mubdai, AC Kominiwar, Ac Mashae,  Const Auwi, Cpl Dalaka,

Const Agaha, L/Cpl Tatori, Const Agaha, L/Cpl Tatori, Const Wunskin, St Bus,

Spec Const Pais




LAE AREA, NEW GUINEA, 1945-06-28. DURING HIS TOUR OF INSPECTION OF AUSTRALIAN TROOPS IN THE LAE AREA, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER, GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF AUSTRALIA (3) INSPECTED THE ROYAL CONSTABULARY PAPUAN. DURING THIS INSPECTION HE MADE ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE AWARD OF BRAVERY, THE POLICE VALOUR BADGE, WORN BY SERGEANT MAJOR AVIVISA. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- SERGEANT MAJOR AVIVISA, SERGEANT MAJOR IN CHARGE, ROYAL CONSTABULARY PAPUAN (1); MAJ-GEN B.M. MORRIS, GOC ANGAU (2).


CAPE WOM NEW GUINEA, 1945-09-13. A DETACHMENT OF THE ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY TAKING UP THEIR POSITIONS ON PARADE FOR THE SURRENDER CEREMONY HELD AT CAPE WOM AIRSTRIP

Royal Papuan Constabulary

The British Empire Medal

List of Recipients 

 

2597 Cpl Arwesor, 9876 Cpl Merire, Const Sirip, Const Kalamesi Const Gomeri

 

Cpls Arwseor and Merire had been recommended for the Military Medal bit were apparently not arrested members of the A.M.F.

This recommendation was cancelled and replaced with B.E.M. 

 

 



 



LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1945-03-27. LORD WAKEHURST, KCMG,  CAPTAIN A.M. SINCLAIR, O I C POLICE TRAINING DEPOT, ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY  INSPECTS A PARADE OF THE UNIT.


WEWAK,NEW GUINEA,1945-07-14.POLICE BOY MARIE GOMMAH SEATED ON A GARAMUT

BRAVE CONDUCT AND DEVOTION TO DUTY

The British Empire Medal, Civil Division, has been awarded to   constable Kalamsei of the Royal Papuan Constabulary, for brave conduct and

devotion to duty while assisting and acting as guide to Australian Army patrols in New Guinea- Kalamsei guided a reconnaissance over the Ramu under the fire of armed hostile natives, and pene trated to the road head to observe     progress, and find a route by which the road could be attacked. For 25 hours march many enemy patrols and parties of hostile natives were searching for them, and an enemy ambush was avoided, mainly due to Kalamsei's energy and skill




 


 
FINSCHHAFEN AREA, NEW GUINEA. 1944-04-25.
MAJOR GENERAL B.M. MORRIS, DSO, GOC
AUSTRALIAN NEW GUINEA ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT,
INTRODUCING SERGEANT IWAGU, GM,
ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY,
TO THE HONOURABLE E.J. WARD, SERGEANT IWAGU RECEIVED
THE GEORGE MEDAL FOR RESCUING CAPTAIN LEUTCHFORD
 WHO WAS WOUNDED, FROM DROWNING,
AND LAYING OVER HIS BODY DURING AN AIR RAID AT SCARLET BEACH
.

Sgt Maj Bagita Aromau

 

Bagita Aromau, BEM, QPLS&GC Medal, of Ferguson Island, born about 1900, joined the Armed Constabulary in 1916, and retired at a full dress parade at Bomana Police College at the rank of Sergeant (First Class) though he was always entitled the more prestigious title of Sergeant Major] in 1966. He served continuously with three years' war service in the Royal Papuan Constabulary for fifty years. He died in Port Moresby in October 1972. He remains the longest serving native or European police officer
of Papua New Guinea. There will never be an equal in Bagita who proudly wore five stars beneath his war medals, one for each ten years of loyal and distinguished service.






 


Sgt Maj Bagita invested with the BEM by Sir Donald Clealand Administrator, on the dias
is Mike Thomas and Ian McPherson this also celebrates Bagita 50 years Police service - 1966


 





 


 







 


 
 
1939 Nominal roll showing Bagita adjoining Armed Constabulary 12.8.1916.
 (Hayes collection)




.... and from Port Moresby

A cannibal's son who

years—

From a special correspondent

PORT MORESBY — When Sergeant Major Bagita speaks in the World-wide Christmas broadcast as one of

the two spokesmen for the Territory of Papua and New Guinea, he will typify in him self just what the British crown and people of British

stock have achieved tor primitive races. Bagita, now about 60 years old, was born in Eastern Papua when his tribe still practised cannibalism As an infant his parents carried him into the jungle in flight from 'blackbirding' raids by European ships, and thus he was born to the savage

barbarism of his own   race, and the fear of seizure by Europeans for transport overseas. As a small boy lie tried to edge in an the cannible feasts of his clan, but was rebuked by his father, who said he must wail until he was a man before he could eat human flesh. But when young manhood came to Bagita Europeans missionaries and government officers — had , arrived in his district, and there were no more cannibal feasts. So instead of following the ancient pattern of tribal life Bagita joined the Armed Native Constabulary (now the Royal Papuan and New Guinea Constabulary), and worked with government officers in bringing about the transition from jungle law to British law in other areas of Papua. His rank to-day is sergeant major first class, and his specialist job is that of detective with the Territory CIB. Neither reads nor writes THERE were no schools when he was growing up, so he can neither read nor write, but he can speak 36 Papuan dialects, and, perhaps equally valuable, he has   an almost uncanny knack of knowing what is going on inside the head of almost any Papuan. His tenacity in following up clues has been paralleled by his desire to found a family. He has had more than one wife in his long career, but there were no children until he was in his late forties.







Now he i.s the proud father of two boys and two girls, the eldest being 12 years old, and the youngest. Noel, will celebrate his first birthday on   Christmas Day. And Bagita's pride in his children takes a very practical and very modern form, for he is determined on three points, they must speak English fluently, have a good education, and start life with money in the bank. The 'new way' is best Bagita has come a long way since his own childhood, right from the Stone Age to the Atomic Age, and his views are right in line with Twentieth Century ideas.   Perhaps no Papuan has had such a unique opportunity to watch at first hand the transition of his people from primitive standards to vary ing stages of civilised life. Bagita, too, by reason of his police work, has had unusual facilities for observing the effect of European influence on native character, and he is most definite in his opinion, that the 'new way' is much better than the old. He explains it this way: In the 'old days' his people were often hungry when the food gardens failed, and always lived in fear of tribal raids. Now, he says, there Is not only peace in villages, but his people can earn good wages, and acquire craftsmen's skill. Also more schools are being opened, and more higher education centres established, and Bagita is keenly aware of what that means to the future of his people.






1944-04-19. THE ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY AT A SPECIAL PARADE


 
1944-04-19. MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY MARCHING WITH PRECISION AT THEIR TRAINING DEPOT DURING A SPECIAL PARADE


 


Bisiatabu, New Guinea. 1944-04-19. The bugle band of the Royal Papuan Constabulary .





 


KAMALGAMAN ANCHORAG JACQUINOT BAY NEW BRITAIN 1944-12-23 PERSONNEL OF THE ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY ON PARADE  WITH LOYAL SERVICE MEDAL IS CONSTABLE DIDIU



Yule Island, New Guinea. 1944-05-15. Members of the Royal Papuan Constabulary standing to attention during a parade at Australian New Guinea Administrative Kairuka Station

 
WASU, PAPUA, 1944-03-25. A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY GIVES A LIGHT THROUGH THE WIRE OF THE PRISONER OF WAR COMPOUND TO A JAPANESE PRISONER.
TOROKINA, BOUGAINVILLE, 1945-08-04. TWO MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY WHO WERE PRESENTED WITH VALOUR MEDALS  FOR BRAVERY IN THE FACE OF HEAVY JAPANESE FIRE.
















 


 

LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-22. THE GUARD OF HONOUR DRAWN FROM THE ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY DURING A PARADE FOR THE GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING



RABAUL, NEW BRITAIN, 1945-11-25. MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY MARCHING DURING A PARADE AT THEIR HEADQUARTERS.

SALAMAUA, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-04. MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY ON PARADE AT HEADQUARTERS AUSTRALIAN NEW GUINEA ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT, IN THE MOROBE DISTRICT.

 

SALAMAUA, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-04. MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY ON PARADE AT HEADQUARTERS





 
LOSSUK BAY, NEW IRELAND. 1945-10-19. AN AUSTRALIAN NEW GUINEA ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT
 ADMINISTRATIVE HEADQUARTERS WAS SET UP AT KAVIENG WITH CAPTAIN F.N.W. SHAND,
ANGAU DISTRICT OFFICER IN CHARGE, TO OPERATE IN NEW IRELAND, AND SURROUNDING
SMALLER ISLANDS. SHOWN, ANGAU OFFICERS AND POLICE BOYS OF ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY
DISEMBARKING FROM HMAS KIAMA INTO A BARGE.





LOSSUK BAY, NEW IRELAND. 1945-10-19. AN AUSTRALIAN NEW GUINEA ADMINISTRATIVE
UNIT ADMINISTRATIVE HEADQUARTERS WAS SET UP AT KAVIENG WITH CAPTAIN F.N.W. SHAND,
ANGAU DISTRICT OFFICER IN CHARGE, TO OPERATE IN NEW IRELAND, AND SURROUNDING SMALLER
 ISLANDS. SHOWN, POLICE BOYS OF THE ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY ON THE STERN OF
HMAS KIAMA PREPARING TO DISEMBARK.












 
 
LOSSUK BAY, NEW IRELAND. 1945-10-19. AN AUSTRALIAN NEW GUINEA ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT
 ADMINISTRATIVE HEADQUARTERS WAS SET UP AT KAVIENG WITH CAPTAIN F.N.W. SHAND,
 ANGAU DISTRICT OFFICER IN CHARGE, TO OPERATE IN NEW IRELAND, AND SURROUNDING
SMALLER ISLANDS. SHOWN, BUGLER KANAWI, ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY, ON THE DECK OF
HMAS KIAMA CALLING THE UNIT TO ASSEMBLE READY FOR DISEMBARKATION.



 


MENDAROPU, NEW GUINEA. 1942-10. P391 CAPTAIN B.W. FAITHORN, AUSTRALIAN AND NEW GUINEA
 ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT, INSPECTING TAPA CLOTH, HELD BY MEMBERS OF
THE ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY. THIS CLOTH WAS BROUGHT INTO THE VILLAGE BY NATIVES



FROM THE SURROUNDING JUNGLE AND COASTAL VILLAGES, TOGETHER WITH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
FOR THE TROOPS OF THE 128TH REGIMENT, 32ND UNITED STATES DIVISION.








 
 
]

Manus Island. c.1948. Two men stand at the main entrance to the RAN War Criminal
 Compound at the shore base HMAS Tarangau as a bare footed member of the
Royal Papuan Constabulary is about to raise the flag of the Royal Naval insign.


 One of the men is ringing a bell. A sign at the front warns "Prohibited Area.
RAN War Criminal Compound. No admittance beyond this point without permission.
All enquiries to be made at administration office. By order Officer-in-Charge."

BISIATABU, NEW GUINEA. 1944-04-19. MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY RETURNING
TO THEIR QUARTERS AT THEIR TRAINING DEPOT AFTER A PARADE TO HONOUR THE VISIT TO THE
AREA OF THE HONOURABLE E.J. WARD, MINISTER FOR EXTERNAL TERRITORIES IN THE AUSTRALIAN
GOVERNMENT.


 



 
    <     BACK  


 

FORWARD  >



click tracking

Comments