The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Grace
First Name:
James Henry
Nick Name:
Jim/Jimmy
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX6258
Classification:
Cook
Company:
Headquarters Company (transferred to Special Reserve Battalion)
Enlisted:
13.07.1940
DOB:
17.05.1917
Place of Birth:
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Father's Name:
John Grace
Mothers's Name:
Catherine Grace
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Diamond Driller
Memorial:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Panel 136, Age 24.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
South‐West Bukit Timah
Date of Death:
11.02.1942

General Description

 

Jimmy Grace married Thelma R Dunham about 1939 at East Coolgardie.  The family resided at 29 Ardath Street, Kalgoorlie.

Jim Grace enlisted 13 July 1940 and joined 2/4th Headquarters Company.  He trained at Woodside SA and Darwin before boarding ‘Aquitania’ at Sydney to sail to Fremantle, where 2/4th reinforcements joined.  Jim was transferred to ‘E’ Company which was made up mostly of reinforcements.  ‘E’ Company ran into a Japanese ambush at South West Bukit Timah on 11th February 1942.  Tragically Jim was one of the many killed during this ambush.  Only 88 men survived of the original 200.

Please read further about ‘E’ Company

Jimmy’s death at the age of 24 left a young widow and his son Jimmy.

 

GRACE Jim

 

Kings Park Avenue of Honour.

 

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