The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hurst
First Name:
Patrick George
Nick Name:
Pat
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX17351
Company:
'E' Company, Special Reserve Battalion
Enlisted:
22.10.1941
DOB:
11.01.1922
Place of Birth:
Mile End, London, England
Father's Name:
George Hurst
Mothers's Name:
Edith M. Billingsley
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Memorial:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 20.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
South‐West Bukit Timah
Date of Death:
11.02.1942

General Description

Patrick Hurst was a Kingsley Fairbridge Farm Schoolboy.  He arrived aged 12 years in Australia on ‘Baradine’ Christmas day, December 1934. Although not recorded on his enlistment papers, and perhaps he did not know, Hurst’s parents were George Hurst (Snr) & Edith M. Millingsley.

Hurst enlisted at Claremont and initially recorded the Fairbridge Headmaster as his next of kin, later changing to his then wife Patricia May (Martain) whom he married in 1941.

His widow Patricia remarried in 1947.

Hurst & Matthews
Back Row, 2nd from Rt:  Pat Hurst, to his left Cowboy Matthews.

 

It is possible those in above photo included all or some other Old Fairbridgians from ‘E” Coy.  There were 5 Fairbridgians in ‘E’ Coy – the other three were Reg Tooze, Ronald Burchell and Gustav Davies.  “Cowboy” Matthews was the only one of the five from ‘E’ Coy to return home.  In total there were 18 Old Fairbridgians in 2/4th,  tragically 11 did not return home.

On the day Pat Hurst was KIA, he had shown up with 2 Japanese leather cases and a pocket watch.  Wally Holding said of him, “Pat was a good bloke”.

 

 

 

 

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