Posted: 22 April, 2015
As a teenager Michael Gordon discovered his deep and personal connection to the history of Anzac.
(Aitape, New Guinea. 24 Oct 2943. The infamous photo of Sgt. Siffleet about to be executed by beheading with a sword by Yasuno Chikao)
It is one of the most harrowing and enduring pictures of any Australian soldier and prisoner of war during World War II.
Sergeant Len Siffleet lost his life after being executed in Aitape, Papua New Guniea where he was captured by the Japanese - the photo is one of the only physical records of such atrocities by the Japanese against Australians during the war.
For Sharks' fullback Michael Gordon, the picture holds a significant personal importance as he found out as a teenager that Sgt. Siffleet what his Great Uncle.
As a teenager, interested in modern history, his Grandmother gave him a manila folder filled with newspaper clippings and photos.
(Melbourne, Vic, 1942 - Group portrait of members of a Service Reconnaisance Department (SRD) signals training group including Sgt. Siffleet)
In it was the photo which after it was discovered on a Japanese soldier in 1945, became famous the world over.
"It appeared on front pages right around the world, it appeared on Life Magazine as well," said Matty.
"Yeah, obviously a pretty iconic photo, I suppose the picture paints the whole story, it's a pretty devastating sort of photo and I suppose to find one is one thing but to find he's related to me is something different again," said Gordon.
"We were just talking about the great tribute the NRL has done for Anzac Day... what does Anzac Day mean to you?" asked Matty.
"I think it's the most important day on the calendar especially for Australians and New Zealanders.... I've always had such a great admiration for it," explained Gordon.
The boys also talked to Gordon about the great run of form the Sharkies are on at the moment, becoming the new competition favourites after a great streak of wins.
Listen to the full interview below.
More Photos Of Sgt. Sifleet From The Australian War Memorial