WX14068 Dalrymple, Gordon Alexander was KIA Bald Hill, Bukit Timah 11 February 1942, Singapore aged 20 years. He enlisted June 1941.
WX16323 Tooze, Reginald Gerald a former Fairbridge Farm school boy (one of 21) was KIA south west Bukit Timah 11 February 1942 aged 21 years. Reg had been working in the area of Yarloop when he enlisted 3 September 1941. A reinforcement who really only had 3 months training at Northam.
Both Dalrymple and Tooze were part of ‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Btn. Please read further about their battle.
The Battalion suffered huge losses during the battle for Singapore, many were reinforcements with little training.
When the January 2016 Waroona fire burned 65,000 ha through the South West and Yarloop – the above War memorial was one of the few survivors – much of the town and surrounding area was razed to the ground. 160 homes were lost and tragically there were two fatalities.
A special Anzac Day service was held in Aprill.