The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hopson
First Name:
Edward Mason
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9241
Company:
'B' Company, No. 7 Platoon
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
7.02.1909
Place of Birth:
Albany, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Alfred Joseph Hopson
Mothers's Name:
Mary Jane Hopson (nee Hawkes)
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Memorial:
Dutch Cemetery, Atjeh, North Sumatra, Age 35.
Force:
Atjeh Party Sumatra
Camps Java:
Atjeh, Blangkenjeren
POW#:
338
Cause of Death:
Appendicitis
Place of Death:
Tenal Gajoe
Date of Death:
26.04.1944
Buried:
Soldier’s body was buried at a point 200 yards south of 28 kilometre peg on Blangkenjeren-Tekenong Road at location 3.59N-97.20E.

General Description

Edward Hopson
Edward Hopson

 

Listed as missing from Pasir Panjang on Sunday evening 15.2.1942. He escaped with Atjeh Party to Sumatra and was captured by Japanese.  He remained a POW in Sumatra with Magill WX16886 and Quinn WX9285.

Soldier had appendicitis but due to the fact that he also had dysentery doctors were unable to operate.  He died at Tenal Gajoe and was buried 200 yards south of 28 kilo peg on Blangkejeren-Tekencong Road.

To a (WX) Mother by Pte Frank Collins
To a (WX) Mother by Pte Frank Collins

 

Alfred John Hopson was born in England and married 1902 at Albany to Mary Jane Hopson who was born Wallaroo, SA in 1878.

Alfred and Mary with their family farmed at Lower Kalgan until end of 1930’s, when Mary and her sons and daughter Eve moved to Albany to live.

Edward Mason was one of four sons born to Mary and Edward, and one daughter Eve.  Sons include Alfred (Jnr), John and Cyril.

Alfred Joseph Hopson died in 1934.

Above  1921 – happier family days!

Above: Obituary for Alfred Joseph Hopson.

Hopson Pt 1

Hopson Pt 2

 

 

 

Below:  Edward’s only sister Eva sadly dies in 1945.

Alfred Hopson is buried with his daughter Eva at Albany with recognition of son Edward Hopson who died Sumatra 1944 aged 35 years.

Mary Jane Hopson died in 1957.  She is buried at Albany Cemetery beside her husband and daughter.

 

 

Read about Hopkins tragic death in Sumatra

 

Camp Locations:

  • Atjeh Party, Blangkedjeren - Sumatra
  • Gloe Gloer Camp - Sumatra
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