The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Helliwell
First Name:
Leonard
Nick Name:
Len
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Regimental #:
WX9755
Classification:
Clerk
Company:
'C' Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
6.12.1940
DOB:
20.07.1898
Place of Birth:
North Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Isaac Helliwell
Mothers's Name:
Rosina Helliwell (nee Goodwin)
Religion:
Salvation Army
Pre-war Occupation:
Fire Insurance Officer
Memorial:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 135, Age 43.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
Hill 200, Ulu Pandan
Date of Death:
12.02.1942
Buried:
Where killed at map reference 775128 by Major A. Cough Party on 21.12.1942

General Description

Helliwell arrives Bassendean following 2/4th march from Northam, March 1941.

Rosina and Isaac Helliwell had a large family of 6 surviving sons and 6  daughters.  Len was the 5th son.  The family resided North Fremantle.

 

 

 

 

Len’s father Isaac Helliwell died in 1931 and his mother Rosina (nee Goodwin) died 19 January 1930.

At age 15 in Dec 1913 Len was employed WAGR (his father Isaac also worked WAGR) and continued working here until June 1923.

During WW1 his older brother Albert (Bert) enlisted with 44th Btn. He returned home.

Young brother Edgar (Eddie) began employment with WAGR aged 15 years in 1918 and continued working other than for short periods of time due to lay-offs until his young death in 1941.  According to WAGR records he had sick leave twice during 1941, taking up most of the last four months prior to his death.  The same day his older brother Harry Helliwell died, 23 June aged 53 years.  Harry, a farmer from Maya was in same ward at Perth Hospital as his younger brother Eddie.

See newspaper notice below.

In 1936 Len married Yvonne Adrienne Fielder.  They had one son Geoffrey born in 1939 – 2011.  Geoffrey was 2 years old when his father was KIA Singapore.

The Electoral Rolls for 1936 until he enlisted, showed Len and Yvonne residing Riley Road, Claremont.

Lance Corporal Len Helliwell was reported missing on 16 February 1942.  Harry Pickett was informed by members of ‘C’ Coy that Helliwell had been killed in action.

Towards end of May 1942 a 2/4th party slipped out from Adam Park to Hill 200 and discovered the body of Len Helliwell unburied.

The Japanese had not allowed POWs to search and bury any of their dead – it was many months later POW search parties were formally granted permission to find and bury their dead.

 

 

 

 

 

Happier days in 1936.

 

 

Len’s death in Singapore at the age of 43 years, left his young wife Yvonne widowed with a young son Geoffrey to care for.

 

Please read about the recovery of his body at Singapore.

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