The following 2/4th men who came from around Denmark and who lost their lives:
WX9231 HODGSON, Leonard Sydney (Tim) was born London, England and migrated to Australia with his family. The Hodgson family took up land at Denmark. ‘Tim’ as he was known enlisted 30 October 1940 and joined ‘A’ Company as a rangetaker. As a POW on Singapore he was selected from Selarang with ‘A’ Force Green Force No. 3 Battalion to sail from Singapore to Burma to work on the Burma end of the railway. Tim developed a leg ulcer which required amputation and was evacuated to Khonkan 55km Camp. In his weakened health condition he died post amputation combined with toxaemia. He was 24 years of age when he died.
Also read further about Tim Hodgson. Tim’s english-born father spent the duration of WW1 in a German Civilians POW Camp not far from Berlin. The Hodgson family were at the time residing in Germany. (Tim’s mother was German born).
WX9226 TYSOE, Harry enlisted 30 October 1940 joining ‘A’ Company. As a POW of Japan in Singapore he was selected with ‘J’ Force to work in Japan. He departed Singapore on ‘Wales Maru’ and accommodated at Kobe House. He died of chronic beri beri and influenza at the Japanese hospital Osaka. Harry’s body was cremated and enshrined at Juganji Temple, Osaka. He was 35 years old. Please read further about ‘J’ Force and ‘Wales Maru’.
WX9224 WALKER, Harold Alexander enlisted 30 October 1940 joining Headquarters Company as a Signaller. He was KIA Reformatory Road, Ulu Pandan, Singapore 12 February 1942 aged 23 years. Please read further about H.A. Walker.
Above: Albany Advertiser November 1940.
NB. Further enquiries are to be made as to whether John Lee (also known as George Lee WX9214) is one and the same Lee included on the memorial. October 2018.
Harry Tysoe was sent to Japan with ‘J’ Force on ‘Wales’ Maru – as did Harold Edward Procter WX6172 who arrived in Australia from England as a 5 year old with his parent William and Rosa Proctor and several children and farmed at Denmark.
Below: Harry Tysoe and Ted Procter played local cricket. They were both in ‘A’ Company,