The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Solly
First Name:
John Frederick
Nick Name:
Jack
Rank:
Sergeant
Regimental #:
WX7127
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
1.08.1940
DOB:
25.01.1901
Place of Birth:
Milparinka, New South Wales
Father's Name:
John Solly
Mothers's Name:
Sarah Solly (nee Bamess)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Memorial:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 135, Age 41.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
Tanjong Murai
Date of Death:
9.02.1942

General Description

Soldier was Killed in action whilst fighting his way out from the west coast of Singapore during the early morning of 9.2.1942. This NCO was hit in the chest by enemy light machine gun fire.

Jack Solly

Jack Solly drawing sketch of the locality we are firing on, Aug 1940

L-R Armstrong F, Solly J Oct 1941
L-R Armstrong F, Solly J Oct 1941

 

Sgt John Frederick Solly WX7127 On Mothers headstone, Katanning
Sgt John Frederick Solly WX7127
On Mothers headstone, Katanning

 

Solly Pt 1

Solly Jack Pt 2

Solly Jack

Solly

Jack’s parents John Solly (Snr) and Sarah Bamess married 1889 Milparinka, NSW.  The family moved to WA before 1904 and were living at Pingrup.  Jack was one of about 10 children.  His father died in Perth in 1931 and was buried Karrakatta.  His mother died in 1954 at Katanning, WA.

In 1936 and 1937 Jack was recorded residing at Mt Leonora, Gwalia working as a miner.  When he enlisted he was a miner a Murrin Murrin, as were his brothers Cliff and Keith.

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