The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Douglas Charles John
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘B’ Company, No. 8 Platoon.
- Place of Birth:
- Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Algernon William John Hall
- Mothers's Name:
- Kathleen Rose Hall (nee Leather)
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Truck Driver
- Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 2, Row C, Grave 5, Age 25.
- Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi, Sarangoon Road Camp, Sime Road Camp
- 'H' Force Thailand Group No. 3
- Camps Thailand:
- Malayan Hamlet, Kanu II, Kanchanaburi
- Cause of Death:
- Septic Thrombosis
- Place of Death:
- Australian General Hospital at Roberts Barracks Changi
- Date of Death:
- A.I.F. Cemetery Changi, Grave No. 134
Doug enlisted December 1940 and joined 2/4th’s ‘B’ Company as a Driver.
Following the surrender of the Allies to Japan at Singapore 15 Feburuary 1942, Doug became a POW.
During 1943 he was selected with ‘H’ Force Thailand, Group 3 to work on Burma-Thai Railway leaving Singapore by rail early May 1943.
Returning with ‘H’ Force from Thailand Doug was evacuated to A. G. H. Roberts Barracks with septic thrombosis pyaemia of the right iliac vein. He was buried on 21.5.1944 at 1430 hours. The funeral service was conducted by Chaplain M. K. Jones from 8th Division Headquarters. Captain Tom Bunning wrote that he was buried with the greatest possible approach to full Military Honours and on the sounding of the ‘Last Post’ all within earshot stood to attention in respect of him. Soldier had also been wounded at West Mandai.
Doug was the only son with two sisters born to parents Algernon William John Hall known as Billy and Kathleen Rose Leather.
The couple married Jan 1912.
Billy Harris enlisted WW1, joining 11th Battalion Serial No. 7004. In December 1917 he was reported being seriously ill for the second time.
In September 1923, Billy Hall died at Woorooloo Sanatorium aged 41 years.
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Serangoon Road Camp - Singapore
- Sime Road Camp - Singapore