The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Heppingstone
First Name:
Ian David
Nick Name:
Pop
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8525
Classification:
Rangetaker
Company:
‘C’ Company
Enlisted:
18.10.1940
Discharged:
26.04.1946
DOB:
22.07.1900
Place of Birth:
Bunbury, Western Australia
Father's Name:
David Eedle Heppingstone
Mothers's Name:
Adelaide Louise Heppingstone
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Prospector
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; Johore Bahru; Adam Park; Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tarsau (spent twelve months at this camp due to illness); Tamuang; Chungkai; Konkoita (road repairs); Kanchanaburi; Petchaburi, Kachu Mountain Camp, Bangkok
POW#:
4/6215
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft (admitted to 2/14th A.G.H. 30.9.1945); Singapore-Fremantle, H.M. Hospital Ship Karoa.

General Description

Ian Heppingstone was born into one of WA’s pioneering families. Educated at Trinity College 1913, Hale School 1914-15 and Perth Modern School in 1916-17.  He later studied medicine in Melbourne and went jackerooing in Queensland before enlisting.

A man of small physical stature, he was more than 40years old when he joined the 2/4th.   He became known as ‘Pop’ by his soldier comrades, many of whom were half his age.

A keen historian later in life, he devoted 38 years to voluntary research for Royal WA Historical Society, working virtually every Friday at the Society’s Nedlands headquarters.

He wrote for the society’s journal, Early Days, and was a member of its council for many years.  He was made a Fellow in 1978 and appointed Research Secretary in 1981.

He was honoured in 1998 when the society’s research collection on WA was named after him.

His interest in history stemmed from his family’s pioneering roots. His ancestors came to WA with the Molloy and Bussell families on ‘The Warrior’ in 1830s settling the South-West.

His great- grandfather ran a whaling station at Castle Rock on Busselton’s Geographe Bay for 14 years and another relative captained seven whaling boats in the US.

Ian Heppingstone remained single, never owned a car however looked after himself in his own home until just months before his death.

Of his war years he said “there were good Japanese and bad Japanese”.

Go to Stories to read further Heppingston, Ian Local Historian

He was related  Harry De’Castilla WX10721.

Heppingstone was 12 months at hospital Tarsau with Romeo and Dave Whiteman.

Other camps includerd Tamuang, Chungkai, Konkretta (repair road after wet) Kanchanaburi, Phetchaburi (Kachu Mountain) from where he was recovered at the end of the war.

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
  • Petchaburi - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
  • Kachau Mountain Camp - Thailand
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