Five from Mundijong


Hector Bishop enlisted 23 October 1940 – KIA 12th February 1942 aged 29 years.

Syd Darby enlisted 19 August 1941 – KIA 10 February 1942 aged 19 years

Stephen Gleeson enlisted 8 September 1941 (recorded his birth as 1919 i.e. aged 22 years when in fact he was born 1923 and was 18 years old)

George Leipold enlisted 3 September 1941 – KIA 11 February 1942 aged 19 years.

Bill Swann enlisted 7 December 1941 (aged 22 years)


Hector Bishop was the eldest of the boys from Mundijong, he was also the first to enlist in 23 October 1940. Bishop was a driver with Headquarters and was KIA on 12 February 1942.   Hector was married and his son and first born child was born 2 weeks after his death.

Syd Darby enlisted 19 August 1941 was KIA 10 February 1942. Syd lived in Holyoake with his family. It is believed he worked around Mundijong. He was a good mate of George Leipold.

Steve Gleeson was a very lucky man as he survived his leg being amputated below his knee whilst working on the railway about 1943. He returned home.

Bill Swann, an apiarist,  enlisted on 7th December 1941. With very little training Bill was fighting in Singapore with the reinforcements and his mates from Mundijong within 2 months.   Bill returned home to WA.  He remained in Changi as POW and was involved with work in the Vitamin Centre.

Except for Hector Bishop, the four young men had only minimal training prior to being selected for 2/4th reinforcements.

Mundijong WW2 Memorial
Mundijong WW2 Memorial