Arthur Cooper's Presentation Mug

Historical note: 

This mug was presented to Arthur Cooper during his Officer Cadet Training at Prembroke College, Cambridge University.

Category: 
Souvenirs and ephemera
Themes: 
Sport
Conflict: 
First World War
Location: 
England
Story: 
Lieutenant Arthur Cooper
Production Date: 
Circa 1917
Engraved: 
N°2 . O. C. E Regatta Challenge Cup Won by A. Coy. (Quees Coll. Cambridge) Bow. A. W. Cooper. Aug. 1917

On this day

On this day
16 February

1942— BANKA ISLAND MASSACRE. Following the sinking of the SS Vyner Brook, many of the survivors, including 22 Australian nurses, reached the shore of Banka Island. Realising that their position was desperate, an officer from the ship set out with most of the women and children to surrender the group to the Japanese. The officer returned with 20 Japanese soldiers who ordered all the men capable of walking to move to hidden part of the beach and killed them. They then returned to the beach and ordered the 22 nurses and 1 British civilian woman to walk into the water. They were machine-gunned in the back. All the immobile survivors were then killed. Sister Vivian Bullwinkle pretended to be dead and was the only survivor