The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Dudley Joseph
- Regimental #:
- ‘C’ Company, 12 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Bideford, Devon, England
- Father's Name:
- Elias Edmund Squire
- Mothers's Name:
- Ethel Jane Squire
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Kranji War Cemetery, Collective Grave, Plot 28, Row C, Grave 10-14, Age 32.
- Cause of Death:
- Killed in Action
- Place of Death:
- Hill 200, Ulu Pandan
- Date of Death:
- Where killed at Map reference 761126 by Major A. Cough Party on 21.12.1942
Dudley Squire enlisted AIF 30 Oct 1940 later joining 2/4th’s ‘C’ Company as did his mates Monty Smith and ‘Buck’ Rogers.
Squire and Rogers were two of four young men from Muckinbudin to join the 2/4th. The other two were Joe Sevier (died 1945 Ranau-Sandakan track) and Monty Smith.
In 1926 Dudley Squire aged 17 years emigrated to South Australia. He later joined his brother Michael in Muckinbudin to gain further experience before purchasing his own small property.
With the bad seasons and fluctuating returns Dudley meant he had to take up casual work to keep going.
Squire was an active member of the community and joined the Muckinbudin Soccer Club which played in the same competition as Joe Sevier, Wilgoyne.
Before enlisting Dudley Squire was ‘manpowered’ as a farmer and had to arrange for his brother to work his property until his return.
Dudley Squire tragically did not return. He was KIA on 12th February 1942. Dudley Squire and Keith ‘Bully’ Hayes were climbing Hill 200. They were hit by machine gun fire and died.