The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hortin
First Name:
Melville William
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9323
Classification:
Scout
Company:
‘B’ Company, No 7 Platoon, No. 1 Gunner, 1 Section.
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
Discharged:
17.12.1845
DOB:
22.11.1913
Place of Birth:
Bully Acre, South Australia
Father's Name:
Willaim Lawrence Hortin
Mothers's Name:
Jane Hortin (nee Stagg)
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Share Farmer
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi; Kranji Hospital Woodlands
POW#:
1/8093
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin ‐Labuan, 2/1st H.M. Australian Hospital Ship Manunda; Labuan-Darwin-Broome-Perth, PBY Catalina (2.10.1945)

General Description

Melville Hortin’s parents William and Jane moved to Western Australia with their six children.  Melville was the eldest of 5 boys and 1 sister.

After the war Melville married Irene Winifred East in June 1947.
They had one daughter and one son.

During the 1960’s he was recorded farming at Youngs Siding west of Albany.

Melville Hortin died 12 February 2010, Perth.

Admitted to 2/9th Field Ambulance with shell shock.  Transferred to 2/13th Australian General Hospital 16/2/1942 and discharged to unit on 21/2/1942.  Hortin was in a gun pit when hit, he could not recall anything of the incident however suffered full body (except his head) partial paralysis.  He was also with Curly Collins at the Cathay Building when hit in the elbow with shrapnel.

He was permanently unable to work.

Hortin suffered from asthma when it rained and because the extensive concrete areas at Changi aggravated his condition he was transferred to Kranji Camp, Woodlands, a dirt camp.  Asthma was the reason Hortin and Lush were not sent away from Singapore  suffered from asthma when it rained.

NB.  There were three reasons for retention in Singapore, these being age, health or that the soldier provided an essential service in the way of a trade skills to the Changi Cantonment.

Melville Hortin was recovered from Kranji Camp 31 August 1945.

 

Horton & Evans Tuesday 2 October 1945, page 5

2nd October, 1945

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Kranji Camp Woodlands - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
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