The Naked Isle is written and sung by Jim Rowlands in remembrance of his grandfather Albert Owen Rowlands from the Gunners 600 Party. The Japanese reported that the ship carrying the prisoners was lost at sea after leaving Singapore, which is known as the Naked Isle.
It wasn’t till after the war the truth was found when a large mass grave was found on Ballale Island, the Japanese had used 517 of the fittest to construct a runway on Ballale Island leaving the sick at Rabaul, then when finished those of the 517 remaining left alive were massacred by the Japanese,
436 bodies were exhumed on Ballale Island, those remaining of the 517 are believed to have died before the massacre and buried on the island.
The date of death given by the Commonwealth War Graves is the 5th March 1943 for those who died on Ballale Island, the correct date is not known.