COLIN MAITLAND JUPP
16 YEAR OLD SCHOOLBOY
THE ACCIDENTAL GUERILLA FIGHTER
DURING WWII

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Colin Maitland Jupp was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on 3 January 1926 to an Australian mother and a British father, Arthur Jupp, whose business took him to Hawaii. Colin had dual citizenships - both American and Australian. His full name may have been Colin Arthur Maitland Siddeley Jupp. It is interesting to note that a Mr. R.E. Jupp was the Australian representative for Armstrong-Siddeley Motors Ltdof Coventry, England in the 1930's.

Mr and Mrs Arthur Jupp arrived in Sydney from Honolulu by the Sierra on 15 September 1927. At that time, Mr. Arthur Jupp controlled the Hawaiian Meat Company, which has one of the most modern killing and packing houses in the Pacific. Mrs. Jupp, who was an Australian, wrote a play, entitled "The Spirit of Desire." which was a competition conducted in Sydney.

It is believed that their son Colin Arthur Maitland Jupp attended Boarding School in Melbourne. There is evidence that he attended Hawthorn West School in 1937 and 1938.

On 7 February 1939 he started school at Melbourne University High School. At the time he was living at 4 Coppins Grove, Hawthorn. His University High School Individual Record card shows that he was absent from school in 1942 and may have returned to the school in 1943.

Colin Jupp was a member of the school's ham radio club and he and his best mate (does anyone know his friend's name?) used a code based on the same exact edition of a dictionary to communicate secretly.

Colin Jupp and his friend travelled together by boat in December 1941 on holiday break from school to visit his friends family in the Philippines. His friends first name was either Jonathon or Thomas. They arrived around 6 December 1941 probably in Manilla Bay where his friend's father would have collected the boys and brought them to his house. He lived in a suburb so when the Japanese invaded a few days later, they were aware of it but weren't able to see anything.

It was maybe 3-4 days into their arrival when his friend's father packed them up with mules in a truck and drove them along "Longing Rd." (other possible names are Langing Road or Laging Road). In all there were 12 people in the truck. They drove as far as they could to the edge of the jungle/forest and then buried the truck and went the rest of the way on foot. They hiked about 20 miles a day, covering perhaps 250 - 300 miles through dense jungle before arriving at a mine.

Colin Jupp described it to his family as a cave and quite deep in the jungle. The father of his friend was well acquainted with the mountainous jungles and in anticipation of an attack by the Japanese, he had provisioned some huts hidden deep in the jungle near an abandoned mine with several years worth of food and supplies.

Perhaps it was previously abandoned or this father had some knowledge of it and never told anyone about it possibly hoping it contained some riches that he could keep for himself? Colin's friends' father was an architect and mine operator. So he probably worked for one of the conglomerate operations that ran all the mines at that time. Based on what he described, being able to see part of the Death March, his daughter Margreit believes he may have been somewhere near Mariveles.

An old American lumber company Cadwallader Gibson Lumber Company was established in Limay, Bataan in 1919. It was owned by two Cadwallader brothers who were interned at Santo Tomas by the Japanese during WWII. Deep in the jungle, there was a possible abandoned mine. Could this be the mine where Colin Jupp was taken by his friend's father. Was there a connection with the Cadwallader family?

Colin Jupp said they had sporadic contact with the Marking's Guerrillas in the area. The Guerillas were under the command of Colonel (Later Brigadier General) Marcos Villa Agustin also known as Agustin Marking. Colin said that he was not a "part" of their efforts. It was more of a sharing of information and protecting each other's whereabouts.

Marking's Guerillas were formed in the Sierra Madre Mountains east of Manila. Marking's mistress was Yay Paniliilio. Colin said that even the Guerrilla forces would have had trouble finding where their cave was.

Colin Jupp and his Filipino friend and family spied on the Japanese as they towed their planes with rope to hide them in the rice paddies. On Colin's 16th birthday 3 January 1942, the boys hid in trees and fired grenade launchers to blow up the Japanese aircraft. However the Japanese apparently later herded a village of Filipinos into a church and burned it down in retribution. So that was the last time the boys did that.

They were also able to witness the Bataan Death march from whatever mountains they were in and they helped some of these men to escape into the jungle. When they heard that a plane had crashed in the mountains, they hiked for 3 days to reach it. They took the radio apart and carted the components back to their camp where they used a bicycle generator to power it.

Colin Jupp said that it was about 7 months before he had enough parts to put a radio together. Each day for 3 months Colin Jupp climbed to the top of a peak and tried to hail his best mate in Australia using their secret code. He finally made contact and his friend notified Colin's family who must have notified either the Embassy or the Allied Forces in Melbourne. After that they were able to coordinate times to transmit. At that time, Colin's parents may have lived in Kew, a suburb of Melbourne.

According to Colin, the Navy began providing copies of the same dictionary to ships in the area. Somehow the Navy communicated to Colin (am assuming it was via radio) the date and meeting place for his rendezvous with a submarine. Colin Jupp then snuck down to the coast, a six foot blond haired boy dressed in the garb of a Filipino fisherman, and went out into the South China Sea in a banca, covered in palm fronds where he floated for 3 days in the pouring rain until the US submarine finally surfaced. 

Once the submarine arrived in Perth in Western Australia Colin Jupp was allowed to contact his mother. He said this was a big deal since telephone use was restricted during the war. He was then put on a train to Melbourne. He also said he was asked to sign several confidentiality agreements promising never to speak of the event. He said even when he arrived home in Melbourne he was asked to sign things and was still being spoken to or debriefed. He mentions being grateful to having been allowed to have a holiday with his family. This might suggest that he arrived home close to Christmas which may line up  with him possibly being rescued on 20 October 1943 by submarine USS Cabrilla.

It is believed that Jesus Villamor was also on board the US Submarine that rescued Colin Jupp. It is known that Major Jesus Villamor along with Major Meider and two other Filipino guerrillas (Torres and Cabangbang) were picked up by USS Cabrilla (SS-288) at Dago Point, Negros Island on 20 October 1943. USS Cabrilla was commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Douglas Hammond.

Colin Jupp then enlisted in the Air Force, was trained as a glider pilot and returned under General George C. Kenney's command to the Southwest Pacific Area where he performed more heroics.

The Sydney Morning Herald 16 September 1927

Personal

Mr and Mrs Arthur Jupp arrived in Sydney from Honolulu by the Sierra yesterday. Mr. Jupp controls the Hawaiian Meat Company, which has one of the most modern killing and packing houses in the Pacific. Mrs. Jupp, who is an Australian, some time ago wrote a play, entitled "The Spirit of Desire." which was a competition conducted in Sydney.

 

Advocate, Burnie, Tasmania 6 March 1946

BUYING SHIPS BY THE POUND

MELBOURNE. Tuesday. - 20 year old American, who two years ago was a student at Melbourne University High School, is back in Melbourne from Manila to buy ships by the pound. He is offering ? lb. for ships from 400 tons to 10,000 tons.

He is Colin Maitland Jupp, US War Department Public Relations correspondent. He is here primarily to visit his mother.

Mr. Jupp represents a Philippines syndicate backed by the Philippines Government and commercial interests. The syndicate is seeking ships of 1,000 tons and less for inter island Philippines trade, and larger ships for trade between the Philippines, Australia and the Far East. The company has a phenomenal capital of 10,000,000 Pounds.

 

Townsville Daily Bulletin 16 May 1946

PHILIPPINE SUGAR MISSION

BRISBANE., May 15. - Philippine technical men are expected to visit Queensland to inquire into sugar developments. Mr. Colin M. Jupp, and American representing certain Philippine trade interests, had an interview with the General Secretary of the Queensland Cane Growers' Council, Mr. R. Muir, today.

Mr. Muri said later that Philippine sugar people would be greatly interested in teh technical developments in Queensland's sugar industry. There were also possibilities in teh supply of mill machinery, light railway equipment, barges for handling sugar and agricultural implements.

Mr Muir thought were were distinct possibilities of Australian manufacturers meeting some of these demands in competition with the United States.

 

The Sydney Morning herald 4 February 1950

Social News and Events

THE marriage of Mrs. E. A. Jupp, widow of Mr. Arthur Jupp, of Hawthorn, Melbourne, and Mr. W. G. Haynes, of Merrong, Cumnock, will take place in Melbourne early in April. After a visit to England and the Continent they will make their home in Sydney.

 

The Argus (Melbourne) 11 May 1956

HAYNES - On May 10 (suddenly, after a short illness) Elizabeth Anne, beloved wife of the late William George Haynes, Meriwong, Cumnock, NSW. Lo, I am with you alway.

HAYNES - On May 10 (suddenly), at Allandale private hospital, Elizabeth Anne, loved and dearest mother of Margaret Anne and Colin Maitland Jupp.

HAYNES - On May 10 (suddenly), Elizabeth Anne, beloved mother of Arthur and Adria Haynes, dearest grandmother of Margaret, Stewart, Ian and Hugh. Cumnock, NSW. - Abide with Thee.

HAYNES - On May 10 (suddenly), Elizabeth Anne, dearly beloved eldest daughter of Anne Elizabeth Hiscock, loved sister of Mary (England), Kathleen (Mrs Eagle), Nina (Mrs Richards), Muriel (Mrs McAdam), Frank, and Euncie (Mrs. Hawes).

HAYNES - On May 10 (suddenly), Elizabeth Anne, dearest friend and sister of Lydie, Will and John Alexander, Darling Point, Sydney.

 

Colin Jupp died on 25 August 2010.

 

Colin Jupp Obituary

Died: Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Colin M. Jupp of St. James died at his home on Wednesday, Aug. 25, aged 84. He was born in Hawaii but grew up in Australia and joined the U.S. Army during World War II. A retired engineer, his most recent interests revolved around support for veterans and developing engineering concepts to aid in cleaner use of our natural resources. His affection for his family and friends, tireless interest in current affairs and active mind and imagination will be very much missed. His wife Ann, daughters Margreit and Avril and grandchildren Elise, Andrew and Olivia will always hold him in their hearts.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 2 pm at the Caroline Church in Setauket. In lieu of flowers the family would like contributions to go to: Good Shepherd Hospice, 245 Old Country Road, Melville, NY 11747.

 

There is an A.C. Jupp shown in some records in the National Archives of Australia (NAA) who invented a number of devices between 1943 and 1945 as listed below. Could this be Colin Jupp's father perhaps? Can anyone please confirm:-

Inventions listed:-

Another file in NAA shows An Arthur Colin Maitland Jupp, Nationality American, arriving at Darwin via aircraft on 9 December 1946.

 

CAN ANYONE ASSIST WITH
MORE INFORMATION ON COLIN JUPP?

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Kerri Topping who is researching the life of Colin Maitland Jupp.

I'd also like to thank Margreit McInnis, Colin's daughter, for her assistance with this web page.

I'd also like to thank Louis Jurika, Peter Parsons, Edna Binkowski, Fred Baldassare and Chris Schaefer

 

Can anyone help me with more information?

 

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