The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hood
First Name:
William Hopton Patrick
Nick Name:
Bill
Rank:
Corporal
Regimental #:
WX7471
Classification:
Clerk
Company:
Headquarters Company, No. 3 Platoon.
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
Discharged:
25.01.1946
DOB:
27.03.1901
Place of Birth:
Southend-on-Sea, England
Father's Name:
Samuel Hood
Mothers's Name:
Louisa Hood
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Builder
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Nacompaton
Camps Burma:
Khonkan 55km (1.7.1943 tropical ulcer), Victoria Point, Tavoy, Ye, Thetkaw 14km, Meiloe 75,
POW#:
2737
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Perth, PBY Catalina aircraft

General Description

We unfortunately have no knowledge of William’s life in England, other than he was from a large family.

Bill Hood was 7 years in Kings Royal Irish Hussars. He would have been too young to serve  in WW1.

His older brother Lewis Reginald Hood enlisted with WW1.  He enlisted in October 1908 with Royal Marines as a boy drummer until he turned 18 years, then transferred to Royal Marines Light Infantry.

His ship HMS ‘Hawke’ was sunk by a U-boat off the coast off north east coast Scotland on 15 Oct 1914.

“One of Hawke’s boats, with 49 survivors, was found by the Norwegian merchantman Modesta, but there was no sign of the other one, which was probably crushed by Hawke as she capsized. Another 22 men on a raft were rescued by the fast flotilla leader HMS Swift.  U17 fired a torpedo at her as she headed to Scapa, but it missed thanks to Swift’s high speed. One of the men rescued died the next day, making a total of 70 saved and 524 lost, including Lewis Hood.”

 

William Hood came to Australia in 1926 on ‘Borda’ aged 25 years.  His occupation was recorded as woodworking machinist.

In 1931 Bill married Cecile Mary Whetstone. When Bill Hood enlisted he and Cecile were residing in Carlisle and he was working as contractor.

Jean married Robert Graham Dixon in 1959.

She died 5 Sep 2010 Booragoon aged 79 years, cremated Fremantle Cemetery,

 

After the war Bill Hood was recorded living at 10 Sanderson Street, Embleton in 1968 and 1972.

In 1964 Cecile died at Rivervale.

Bill died  at Mt Lawley  17April 1985 aged 84 years.  Both he and Cecile were buried at Karrakatta in the Whetsone family plot.

 

With A Force Burma his was recorded at Victoria Point Camp Hospital 29/6/1942, To Ye, to Tavoy, to  4.8 k, to Thetkaw 14 k, to 75 k, 55 k hospital with ulcer 1/7/1943, to 55 k Aug to Sept 1943, to Tamarkan, to Nacompaton 30/8/1945.

At the end of the war Bill Hood was recovered from Thailand.

 

Read further about Bill’s record of Khonkan Hospital Camp, Burma.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Khonkan, 55Kilo Hospital 360k - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Tavoy (Dawei) - river port - Burma
  • Ye - Burma
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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