The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hill
First Name:
Jack Harris
Nick Name:
John
Rank:
Captain
Regimental #:
WX3434
Company:
Battalion Headquarters
Enlisted:
5.11.1940
DOB:
11.11.1919
Place of Birth:
Victoria
Father's Name:
Stanley Albert Hill
Mothers's Name:
Agnes May Hill
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Staff Corps, Royal Military College Duntroon
Memorial:
Toowoomba War Cemetery, Queensland, Plot B, Row B, Grave 16, Age 26.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Hindaine (evacuated sick), Non Pladuk
Cause of Death:
Basal Fracture to the skull
Place of Death:
Cabarlah, Queensland, Australia.
Date of Death:
24.01.1946
Buried:
War Cemetery, Plot B, Row B, Grave 16, Aged 26 years
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore - Fremantle HMT Highland Brigade

General Description

This Officer was appointed Adjutant of  2/4th Machine Gun Battalion with the rank of Temporary Captain on 1.11.1940.

Read story of ‘D’ Force V Battalion

Also read about Hindaine Camp.

After his return to Western Australia on 15.10.1945 Jack (or John as he was known) married Elizabeth Ashton on 14.11.1945. Sadly Elizabeth would soon find herself widowed. At 1600 hours on 24.1.1946 John was travelling in an army truck along Allora Road, Toowoomba, Queensland. Due to the tropical rains the road was flooded and John leant out over the back of the truck to place his map case over the truck’s exhaust. The vehicle suddenly lunged and John was thrown from the vehicle and under one of its wheels, where upon his skull was crushed. The tragedy was compounded by the fact that this officer had endured so much heartache and hardship as a Prisoner of War.

Harris, Jack & Beth
Hill,  Jack & Beth

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Hindaine, Kui Mang 200k - Thailand
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
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