The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Bishop
First Name:
Hector John
Nick Name:
John aka Bluey
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8650
Classification:
Driver
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
DOB:
16.12.1912
Place of Birth:
Bayswater, Western Australia
Father's Name:
John Bishop
Mothers's Name:
Lizzie Anne Bishop
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck Driver
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Joint Grave, Plot 23, Row A, Grave 15-16, Age 29.
Cause of Death:
Died of Wounds
Place of Death:
Ulu Pandan
Date of Death:
12.02.1942

General Description

A witness stated that this soldier received a gunshot wound to his chest and that ‘he was given a drink of water, but was not in a good state at this time.’ It is alleged by survivors of this action that Japanese troops moved into the area and were seen bayoneting the wounded. Soldier was reported as missing in action in the vicinity of Reformatory Road following withdrawal to the new line. This was caused by friendly artillery fire forcing the line back approximately one mile.

wedding of John Bishop
Hector John Bishop and Joyce Davenport wedding with best mate Gus Magor on right.

 

Sydney Express with John Bishop centre
Bluey Bishop centre with  best mate Gus Magor on right. Gus Magor returned to WA and married Ruth Davenport, sister to Blue Bishop’s wife Joyce (Davenport) pictured below.

 

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John Bishop outside post office
Hector John Bishop outside Perth GPO

 

Blue Bishop

Blue Bishop’s son Dennis Bishop was born 26 February 1942, 14 days after the death of his father.

See Gus Magor

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Gleeson who placed above death notice in West Australian Newspaper was the father of Stephen John Gleeson, WX16736 who was also in 2/4th and one of only two survivors from the 5 boys from Mundijong.  Steve Gleeson had his right leg amputated in 1943 because of a tropical ulcer whilst on the Thai-Burma Railway.

Read further Five Boys from Mundijong

Hector Bishop’s name is inscribed on the War Memorial at Byford.

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