The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hill
First Name:
Ernest Thornton
Nick Name:
Ernie
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7029
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
30.07.1940
DOB:
16.02.1918
Place of Birth:
Greenhills, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Charles Cogar Hill
Mothers's Name:
Flora May Hill
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 27.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Thompson Road (Caldecot hill Estate Camp)
Force:
‘B’ Force Borneo
POW#:
830
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Date of Death:
28.05.1945

General Description

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“WA. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of WX7029 Private Ernest Thornton Hill, 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POW’s that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Private Hill, aged 27, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 28 May 1945. He was the son of Charles Cogar Hill and Flora May Hill, of Maylands, WA. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 18.”

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
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