A Japanese Special Naval Forces canteen. The oval aluminium canteen has a screw top lid that is attached by a chain to the carry strap. Faint Japanese script is written in white on the carry strap. " R Dunlop / 17 Fairfield Road / Hawera " in written in faded black on the webbing.
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Discussing the same incident in a Taranaki Daily News article in 2007, Mr Dunlop remembered the Japanese solider took off "like an All Black winger".