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
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 sons and 6  daughters.

 

Len’s father Isaac Helliwell died in 1931 and his mother a year or so earlier.

Len Helliwell was reported missing on 16 February 1932.  Harry Pickett was informed by members of ‘C’ Coy that Helliwell had been killed in action.

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

 

 

 

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.

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