The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Herbert John
Nick Name:
Regimental #:
‘A’ Company (took over command of No. 4 Platoon)
Place of Birth:
Subiaco, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Herbert Melville Manning
Mothers's Name:
Jane Amelia Manning
Pre-war Occupation:
Warehouseman and Salesman
Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 3, Row C, Grave 13, Age 27.
Cause of Death:
Died Of Wounds
Date of Death:
Martia Road Military Cemetery, Katong, Protestant Section 1 Grave No. 7

General Description

Tom Hampton, Jack Manning & not known


Wounded in action at Hill 200, Ulu Pandan. This Officer was hit in the neck by a fragment of shrapnel that exited through his chest. The time was 2100 hours on 12.2.1942 at map reference 764127. He was put onto a truck and driven 300 yards to the rear and placed on a bench in a (village) kampong. He was later moved by truck to the corner of Holland and Fairer Roads and attended to by a Medical Officer. He lived for approximately one and a half hours after receiving his wound. Officer was buried on 13.2.1942

Jack Manning enlisted Oct 1940 and later joined 2/4th’s ‘A’
Company.  He took over command of No. 4 Platoon.

Please read further of the men of A Coy, No. 4 Platoon

The Manning family learnt of his death soon after.


H. J. Manning
H. J. Manning


Hale School Memorial
Plaque No 89:
Lieut. Herbert John (Jack) Manning
Hale School 1929-1930
2/4 Machine Gun Battalion
Jack attended Hale School from Mount Lawley between 1929 and 1930.
He was a member of the Cameron Highlanders Militia Regiment before the war and eventually was commissioned into the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion as a Lieutenant after the outbreak of World War II.
He was posted to Malaya with his unit and fought with them from the time the Japanese first landed until they advanced on Singapore in February. He was killed in action from a direct hit by an artillery shell on 12 February, just three days before the surrender. He was 27 years of age.
Placed by the then President of the 2/4th Machine-Gun Battalion Association, Mr Jack Kyros.


Manning Jack Western Mail Feb 1948




John Manning’s parents Herbert Melville Manning and Jane Amelia Wilson marry in 1911 at Leederville.



Jane Amelia Manning d. May 1973 Nedlands aged 83 and Herbert Melville Manning d. July 1974 at Nedlands aged 87.