In October 1946, Pietro Gargano escaped from the camp and eloped to Sydney with his fiancee. They married on 4 November and several days later he gave himself up, wanting to be seen to observe the laws of his host country.
|Italian Escapee Married Here (1947, January 14).|
Barrier Daily Truth (Broken Hill, NSW : 1908; 1941 - 1954), p. 1.
To make sure that the Italian Prisoners of War were repatriated, the Australian Army assigned the 22nd Garrison Battalion to escort them out of the country. On the Otranto, which sailed from Sydney on 8 January 1947, Corporal Pietro Gargano returned to Italy under the guard of Sargeant John Schuberth.
|Sgt John F G Schuberth, 22nd Garrison Battalion, Cowra|
Not long after, Pietro's son Peter met John's grandson James for the first time:
|Protagonists overcome Warfare|
descendants James and Peter
3 November 2017
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