The Soldier's Details

First Name:
John Douglas
Regimental #:
Headquarters Company, Commanding Officer No. 2 Platoon Anti-Aircraft (replacedby Lt. K. Lee)
Place of Birth:
Katanning, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Sydney George Royce
Mothers's Name:
Amy Maude Royce (nee McLarty)
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Clerk, Wool Classer’s Assistant
Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 12, Age 22.
Cause of Death:
Died of Wounds
Place of Death:
Hill 200, Ulu Pandan
Date of Death:
Where killed at map reference 763132 by Major A. Cough Party on 21.12.1942

General Description

John Royce was a former Scotch College student.

In the College’s 49th Annual Report, published in the West Australian newspaper January 1946, the news of Royce’s death was included, also states he was a good student and good scholar.
He was born 1919 Katanning to parents Sydney George Royce and Amy McLarty.
He had been working as a wool classer prior to enlisting 16 Nov 1940.


Above Royce seated in front, 5th from Left.


Lt Curnow, Lt Royce and Lt Raphael
Lt Curnow, Lt Royce and Lt Raphael


Lt J.D. Royce 12th Feb 1942
John Douglas Royce Headstone


Where killed at map reference 763132 by Major A. Cough Party on 21.12.1942.
Commanding Officer HQ Coy No 2 Platoon Anit-Aircraft Lt. Royce was wounded in action at the crest of Hill 200 during a bayonet charge 12 Feb 1942.   He crawled back to his men who wanted to evacuate him to Regimental Aid Post, but he refused. His men cut his webbing off to make him more comfortable. His body was discovered by the 2/4th Party who went under the wire from Adam Park on 28/29 May 1942.  Please read further.
Please read further about Hill 200 Ulu Pandan
Others from the No. 2 Platoon to lose their lives at Hill 200 Ulu Pandan included Platoon’s two Sergeants, Phillips and Bill Innes, Privates Todd and Gray.  Those from No. 1 Platoon were Lt. Curnow and Sgt Hansen.
Three soldiers  from No. 2 Platoon were left behind at Fremantle when ‘Aquitania’ anchored off Fremantle for the night of 15 January.  They were taken to Java.





John’s parents Sydney Royce and Amy McLarty were married 1906.




He married Gladys Lorraine Simms in Sept 1941 Kensington.
She remarried in 1946 to Neville Flint.
Gladys died in 1998.





Sydney Royce died in 1956 and Amy died in 1960.