The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hall
First Name:
William Harrison
Nick Name:
Nobby
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8747
Classification:
Section Orderly
Company:
‘B’ Company, No. 8 Platoon.
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
DOB:
23.05.1901
Place of Birth:
Abergavenny, Wales
Father's Name:
John Harrison Hall
Mothers's Name:
Mary Hall
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Railways Ganger
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Collective Grave, Plot 10, Row F, Grave 2-10 L4, Age 42.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘H’ Force Thailand, Group No. 3
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II, Malayan Hamlet
POW#:
1/1963
Cause of Death:
Beri-Beri, Cerebral Malaria and Cholera
Place of Death:
Kanu II, Malayan Hamlet
Date of Death:
17.07.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 38 (soldier’s body was not cremated).

General Description

Nobby was formerly a ganger on WA Railways and recorded in the last Electoral Roll as working at Coolgardie.

He enlisted 23 October 1940 and joined 2/4th’s ‘B’ Company as a Section Orderly.

He had an interest and talent in sketching portraits of fellow POWs.  Unfortunately it is not known if any of his drawings survived.

 

Above Photograph taken January 2018 by C. Mellor

He was one of five children born to John Harrison Hall and Mary Hannah Hedley at Abergavvenny, Wales.

Hall arrived from London at Fremantle December 1921 aged 22 years on ‘Ormuz’. His  occupation was recorded as labourer.

No other siblings migrated to Australia.

 

 

His first marriage to Kate Eveline Thomas took place 1923.

In 1921and 1931 Kate and Hall were recorded living at Dwarda, and Brookton where he was working as a Railway employee.

In 1937 Electoral Roll Hall and Agnes were residing Brookhampton (Collie area) and he was working as a labourer.

He remarried in 1940 to Agnes Carmel Murray.  She was one of two daughters born to Thomas Murray whose wife Alma Frances Smith died 1915 when his daughters were quite young. Thomas Murray had worked in the timber industry all his life and died in 1948 at Nannup.

 

 

Nobby was 42 years old when he died of beri beri, cerebral malaria and cholera. His body was not cremated and after the war moved to rest at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.  He is one of 91 men from the 2/4th.

He was selected to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘H’ Force Group 3.  Please read further.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
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