The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hack
First Name:
Alexander Meora
Nick Name:
Sandy, Alec
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8003
Classification:
Batman/Runner (transferred to Special Reserve Bn. Headquarters on 7.2.1942) Batmann to Major Saggers
Company:
'A' Company, No 4 Platoon
Enlisted:
3.10.1940
DOB:
7.07.1906
Place of Birth:
Bridgetown, Western Australia
Father's Name:
William Wilton Meora Steven Hack
Mothers's Name:
Charlotte Scott Hack (nee Murray)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Shearer
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 38.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘B’ Force Borneo
POW#:
779
Cause of Death:
Beri‐Beri and Heart Failure
Place of Death:
Sandakan‐Ranau track, 1st Ranau march
Date of Death:
4.02.1945

General Description

Pte Alex Hack died on First march Sandakan-Ranau track.  After the war his remains were recovered from Mandorin, a tributary to Labuk.

 

Ted Bates, Mel Docking & possibly Alexander Hack.
Ted Bates, Mel Docking & possibly Alexander Hack.
A Coy H'qtrs - standing Alex Hack, Kneeling Back - Ted Popham, Front L-R L Cpl F Anderson, Pte Cyril Fogarty, Pte Shorty Barnes, Boomer Symmons. Breakfast time on march to Waterfall Gully
A Coy H’qtrs – standing Alex Hack, Kneeling Back – Ted Popham, Front L-R L Cpl F Anderson, Pte Cyril Fogarty, Pte Shorty Barnes, Boomer Symmons. Breakfast time on march to Waterfall Gully

 

 

Hack & Brooker

Hack

HACK, Private, ALEXANDER MEORA, WX8003, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 4 February 1945. Age 38. Son of William Wilton Meora Stephen Hack and Charlotte Scott Hack, of Boyup Brook, Western Australia. Panel 18

Labuan Memorial, Malaysia

There is a headstone for Alec Hack at the Cemetery of Boyup Brook with the inscription:

POW Sandakan, Borneo,

Died February 1945 Aged 38 Years.

Resting Place Unknown

Son of Charlotte and William

 

His name and number are also included on the Sandakan Memorial, near the Shire Council of Boyup Brook.

Hack’s parents Charlotte and William married in 1902.  Alexander was the eldest of at least 4-5 sons. His father William died in 1941 and his mother in 1958.

In 1931 Hack was working as a blacksmith at Princess Royal Mine, Southern Cross.  In 1943 he was recorded as farmer Kininup, Bridgetown.  His enlistment details record his occupation as a shearer.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
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