The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hansen
First Name:
Benjamin Edwin
Nick Name:
Ben
Rank:
Sergeant
Regimental #:
WX10678
Classification:
Signaller
Company:
Headquarters Company, No. 1 Platoon
Enlisted:
15.01.1941
DOB:
24.05.1912
Place of Birth:
Coolgardie, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Albert Leach Hansen
Mothers's Name:
Ursella Foster Hansen
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Timekeeper
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 2, Age 29.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
Reformatory Road, Ulu Pandan
Date of Death:
12.02.1942
Buried:
Where killed at map reference 763132 by Major A. Cough Party on 21.12.1942.

General Description

This NCO was killed by a gunshot wound to the stomach at Hill 200, Ulu Pandan.  His death was reported by Pte R.D. McCracken WX5584 (lost his life South China Sea 1944 when Rakuyo Maru was torpedoed).

“Ben Hansen  had been badly wounded on the previous night in the bayonet charge at Ulu Pandan.  He was laying on the ground holding his stomach wound and asked McCracken for some water.”  This statement was compiled by Harry Pickett on 11th April 1945.

EPSON MFP image
Headstone Kranji for Ben Hansen.

 

 

Prior to enlistment Ben Hansen worked in the office of Paringa Gold, Kalgoorlie.  Ben Hansen married in 1937 to Edna B. Reeves.

 

Hansen re wife Hansen Kalgoorlie Miner June 1945

Hansen

Hansen

 

 

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