In Their Footsteps: May 29

In Their Footsteps tells the story of Albert Moore, who saw some of the fiercest battles of World War II – but never fired a single shot.

This Sunday’s episode of In Their Footsteps tells the story of Albert Moore, who saw some of the fiercest battles of World War II – but never fired a single shot.

Major Albert Moore was a Salvation Army officer who tirelessly brought coffee and comfort to men on the frontline, tended to the wounded and, in desperate times, did everything he could to make life more bearable for the Diggers. It was a role he carried out from the searing deserts of the Middle East to the impenetrable jungles of the Kokoda Trail.

Moore’s commitment and bravery inspired amazing respect and affection. As well as being immortalised in a photograph lighting a cigarette for a wounded Digger in 1942, he became a symbol of one of the great legacies of Australians at war: the bonds of mateship.

Albert’s service record has also left a strong impression on a young descendant. His great-great nephew, Nathan Folkes, has been inspired by the example of Albert who, at the age of 42, left his wife and son to assist in the war effort with such courage and conviction.

This Sunday at 6.30pm on Nine, In Their Footsteps follows Nathan as he retraces Albert’s footsteps along the Kokoda Trail – a sweaty, gruelling trek that takes him waist-deep through the rivers and up the steep mountains of Papua New Guinea. At 21, Nathan is the same age as many of the brave Aussie troops who fought and died in the brutal jungle campaign to repel the fanatical Japanese invaders.

And all along the way, this young accountancy student from Ballarat in Victoria asks himself a burning personal question: what would I have done in their place?

It airs 6:30pm Sunday on Nine.

8 Responses

  1. Judy – I saw my my late father to in the group photo of the 2/14. I recognised him immediately. I have sent an email to Patrick so I hope we are able to get copies. Good luck.

  2. I was completely blown away while watching In Their Footsteps tonight to see a photo of my late father standing beside Major Albert Moore with the fuzzy wuzzy angels. I would dearly love to have a copy of this photo and would anybody know how I could obtain one? It would mean so much to me as I grew up in New Guinea in the late forties to the sixties.

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