The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- William Hawksley
- Nick Name:
- Bill or Baldy
- Regimental #:
- Headquarters Company
- Place of Birth:
- Mt Barker, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- William John Philp
- Mothers's Name:
- Maud Ethel Philp
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Bus Driver
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Collective Grave, Plot 10, Row A, Grave 1-4, Age 35.
- Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
- D' Force Thailand, V Battalion
- 1/8982 & 2283
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Date of Death:
- Grave No. 169, Kuii
Bill was wounded in action and admitted to Australian General Hospital on 12.2.1942 with a bayonet wound to his right thigh. Discharged to unit 20.2.1942.
No photograph of this soldier
Both men did not survive to return home to their families.
Today they both rest at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery with 90 mates from the 2/4th.
Please read about ‘H’ Force Thailand V Battalion and Kuii Camp
When William ‘Bill’ Philp died of Malaria at Kuii, Thailand on 18th September 1943.
His wife Verna and their three children were residing in Collie when Bill enlisted AIF Aug 1940, later joining 2/4th MGB Headquarter Company No. 3 Platoon as a Driver – as had Norm Holdman. (Norm however was AWOL when ‘Aquitania’ sailed from Fremantle to Singapore on 16 Jan 1942 – read further)
His parents William and Maude Philp were residing in Claremont. Bill Philp had one sister and one brother.
Violet (Verna) Philp remarried 1948 and was widowed again in June 1959 when her husband Charles A. Budd died aged 38 years.
Verna died in 1987 at Collie, aged 76 years.
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Kuii, Kui Yae, 185.6k - Thailand