The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hadden
First Name:
Gilbert Valentine
Nick Name:
Bert or 'Boong'
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX72 13
Company:
‘D’ Company, No 14 Platoon.
Enlisted:
1.08.1940
DOB:
23.06.1908
Place of Birth:
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Gilbert Carlisle Hadden
Mothers's Name:
Florence Hadden
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner and Prospector
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II, Chungkai, Ubon
POW#:
3/7979 and 8789
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Highland Brigade

General Description

Gilbert Hadden was hospitalised whilst at Chungkai (reason not recorded).  He was recovered from Thailand at war’s end.

Gilbert Hadden (Snr) and his wife Florence Campling Hunt married 1900 Kalgoorlie.  Gilbert (Snr) and several of his brothers lived in the Goldfields.  The Hadden and Hunt families came from Victoria as did so many others to seek employment or their fortunes!

Gilbert Hadden  (Snr) was mine manager at several mines and the family would have moved regularly.  Gilbert Valentine Hadden was one of 7 children born to Gilbert and Florence Hadden.

‘Bert’ Hadden had spent his life outdoors mining and prospecting in the Goldfields and soon acquired the nickname of ‘Boong’ Hadden when he joined  2/4th. His dark complexion was maintained as a working POW in Singapore and Thailand!

He married about 1933 at Leonora to  Monica Audrey Allen.  They had two children.  Although born in Kalgoorlie, Monica’s parents moved from Queensland to WA, her father an engine driver.

Hadden, Gilbert Valentiune
Hadden, Gilbert Valentine
Hadden, Gilbert Valentine
Hadden, Gilbert Valentine (Left)
Hadden, Gilbert Valentiune
Hadden, Gilbert Valentine

Bert Hadden returned to Leonora after the war.  He died 19th December, 1970.

There is a military headstone at the Leonora cemetery with the inscription “Hadden G.V. loved brother of Olive, Alice Jean and Roy”.

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