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Hadfield, Ronald Patrick

Service Number TX1227  Death Date 11/05/1945

Place of Death Aitape New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action


Born 9 Feb 1911 14 Margaret St Launceston Tasmania the son of Mina Hadfield Gnr Hadfield enlisted in the AIF and was a member of the 2/1 Tank Attack Regiment RAA

when he was killed in action in New Guinea

Hale, Alfred Thomas Bruce

Service Number 4708  Death Date 10/05/1941

Place of Death Egypt

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Chatby Military Cem, Alexandria

Sergeant Alfred Thomas Bruce Hale, service number 4708, is buried at Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Coll. grave P.18-20. Age 23. Son of Alfred and Alice Maud Hale, of Strahan, Tasmania, Australia.

Wireless operator who served with 3 squadron for a time but had been transferred to Blenheim equipped 55 squadron at the time of his death.

Hale, William James

Service Number TX4826 Death Date 20/07/1943

Place of Death POW Kinsaike Thailand

Cause of Death Acute enteritis

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery


Who died of illness in a prison camp in Thailand. He was the only son of Mrs R. Simpson, Melbourne, and leaves a wife, Mrs Rose Hale, 105 Park St., Hobart, and four children. He was a brother of Mrs T Waldock, Melbourne.

The Mercury 21 July 1945

Haley, Peter John

Service Number438006  Death Date 12/02/1945

Place of Death Canada

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial North Battlefield Cem Canada

LAC Peter Haley, son of the late Mr J. M. Haley, formerly of St. Helens, and Mrs Haley, 110 Hill St. West Hobart, who has been killed in an aircraft crash in Canada while undergoing training. He was educated at St. Virgil's College, and before enlisting in the RAAF in 1943 was on the staff of 7HO and later 7EX.

He was 19 years of age, and an accomplished musician. His elder brother, Flt-Lt Ambrose Haley, who was a leading Cananore footballer, was shot down over Tunisia in December 1942, and is a prisoner of war in Germany.

The Mercury 17th Feb 1945

Hall, Charles

Service Number 363 Death Date 9/02/1947

Place of Death Heidelberg Victoria

Cause of Death died of injuries

Burial Springvale War Cemetery


Hall, Edward John

Service Number 2208 Death Date 3/06/1941

Place of Death Laverton Victoria

Cause of Death died of injuries

Burial Werribee Cemetery


Hall, Jack

Service NumberTX3046  Death Date 13/06/1945

Place of Death Brunei Bay

Cause of Death Accidentally killed

Burial Labuan War Cemetery

Soldier Killed Accidentally

Mr and Mrs W. Hall, of Cleveland, have been advised that their son, Pte Jack Hall, was killed accidentally in Borneo while serving with the 9th Division. Pte Hall was well known and respected in the Midlands. He was 30 years of age, and had seen service in the Middle East, including the battle of El Alamein. He was educated at the Cleveland School, and before enlisting was employed by Mr R. Taylor, Valleyfield. Epping.

Brothers are Dvr E. Hall, of the 9th Division, AIP, and Thomas (AIF returned),Brighton. Sisters are Mesdames M. Cousins and A. Wicks (Hobart) and Mrs L. McGee (Epping)

The Mercury 23 June 1945

Hall, Joseph George

Service NumberTX2735  Death Date 19/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death


Joseph George Hall, husband of Ellena M. Hall, 96 Patrick St., and loving father of Graeme, Peter, and Yvonne; missing, believed dead, date unknown.

The Mercury 19 Nov 1945

Hall, Stanley John

Service Number 24453 Death Date 27/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Parramatta(ship torpedoed)

Cause of Death Presumed killed 


Stanley John Hall was a steward with the Parramatta, and was aged 23. He had been in the Navy about two years and joined the crew of the Parramatta about 12 months ago. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Hall, of Ranelagh.

Hallam, Stanley Raymond

Service NumberTX2361  Death Date 26/06/1943

Place of Death POW Hintock Thailand

Cause of Death llness and injuries

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery



Whose death from malaria while a prisoner of war in Thailand, has been reported by the Army Dept. to his brother, Mr H. D. Hallam, Melton Mowbray.

Sgt Hallam was taken prisoner by the Japs in Java in February, 1942, after having served in the Middle East and Syria. He was employed in "The Mercury" circulation branch before enlistment, and rowed with Buckingham Club and played football with the Seconds League. Advice of his death, which occurred in June, 1943, was received through the International Red Cross. * 

The Mercury 7 July 1945


June 1943 Hintock Mountain, Thailand

June 24th 1943

Sgt. Hallam collapsed today and apparently death was averted by Ewan carrying out artificial respiration

June 26th 1943

Death of Sgt. S.R.(Mickey) Hallam TX 2361


This soldier suffering from fever collapsed on the way to work 22/8/1943; unable to carry on, he made his way back, reported his condition and was sent to hospital.  He was diagnosed as having malaria and enteritis.  On his own voluntary decision, he lined up with the other men who did not reach the railway that day and shared the sadistic punishment meted out as already described.  He was mercilessly beaten up by the Nippon engineer Sgt.” Billie the Pig” and his assistant, “Mollie the Monk”.  He was returned to hospital deadly pale, face swollen, neck and chest contused, abrasions to the knees and legs and a sprained right ankle.  The temperature was 103.4, excited and sick.  

He had two attacks of profound unconsciousness, a.m. and p.m. 25.06.1943 similar attack, digitalis commenced.

26.6.1943 Died in a similar attack in the early morning.  

The cause of death given to the Nipponese

Contusion to the heart causing cardiac arrest-a result of beating by the Nippon engineer whilst suffering from malaria on the night of the 22nd. June.  

The cause of death is really a little vague, possibly the above injury, even malaria affecting the conducting mechanism of the heart.  My theory is cardiac beri beri.  In any case, he was slain by these Nipponese sadists more certainly than if they had shot him.  Osuki accepted the cause of death and said he would write to Tarsau about the incident.  

This sergeant was buried with the usual simple military honours at 1315, Grave No 14 in our camp cemetery.

The following notes are taken from the book “The Line-a story of the Burma Railway by Arch and Martin Flanagan about their father’s experiences on the railway. It is an excellent book with a lot of Tasmanian content and well worth a read

“Growing up, I only knew one story about the line.

Versions of it have been recorded elsewhere – it is even the subject of a painting by war artist Jack Chalker.  The story as I heard it was that, as he was dying, a man on the line asked his mates if they got back to Hobart to free the fish in the window of Casimaty’s fish shop.  They did get back, they did free the fish, breaking the window and taking them to the big pond at the local park.  What I wasn’t told as a kid was that the man, Mickie Hallam, died after being bashed to death over a period of two hours, beaten with bamboo clubs until he fell unconscious, then kicked till he stood and was beaten again, and that other men were stood to attention and made to watch.

Mickie, like dad, was a C Company Sergeant”

Hamilton, Edgar Richard

Service NumberTX2602  Death Date 28/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Wau Wau Cemetery



Pte Edgar Richard Hamilton, AIF, of Hobart, who has been killed in action in New Guinea. He was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs E. Hamilton, Anglesea St., Hobart. A brother, Pte J. Hamilton, is a prisoner of war;


Hampton, Victor Alfred

Service Number TX5574 Death Date 15/09/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Lae War Cemetery

HAMPTON.-In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Victor Alfred Hampton, who was killed in action in New Guinea on September 15, 1943.

Inserted by his loving mother and father, brothers and sisters, of Sheffield.


Hancox Peter Samuel

Service NumberLt.Ran  Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed dead


Peter Samuel Fullerton Hancox was born in Ipswich, Qld in March 1913. His father, Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Hancox, was a First World War veteran who had led the Anzac Light Railway. After the war he moved to Tasmania to become Chief Engineer and Manager of the Hobart tramways and his son Peter was educated at the Hutchins School, becoming Dux of his year in 1923. Peter joined the Royal Australian Naval College at Jervis Bay in NSW in 1927, graduating in 1930 with the King's Medal and winning the Open Skiffs rowing competition that same year. On graduation he was promoted to Midshipman and completed an initial tour with HMAS Australia. In 1932 he underwent further training at the Royal Naval College in the United Kingdom, specialising in gunnery, and was promoted Sub Lieutenant in 1934. He was promoted to Lieutenant in May 1936 and during the war served in HMAS Stuart from 10 December 1939 until 2 February 1941, participating in the Battle of Matapan and the evacuation of Greece and Crete. On 18 November 1941 he transferred to HMAS Perth as her gunnery officer and was lost when she was sunk by the Japanese on 1 March 1942, in Sunda Strait.

Hansen, Jack

Service Number H.807 Death Date 31/10/1941

Place of Death SS King Malcolm (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed dead



Leading Seaman J. Hansen

Lieut, and Mrs. W. J. Hansen, of Hobart, have been advised by the Admiralty that their son, leading seaman Jack Hansen, has been killed in action. He was previously reported missing, believed killed.

L.S. Hansen, who was 23 years of age, was a member of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve prior to the outbreak of war. He had been on continuous active service since 1939, and at the time of his death was attached to the Royal Navy. Prior to the war he was employed by R. R. Rex and Son. He was educated at the Campbell St. Practising School.

The Mercury 28 Jan 1942

Harbottle, Phillip F Grant

Service Number408012  Death Date 12/07/1942

Place of Death Queensland

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Ipswich War Cemetery

Harbottle Phillip.jpg (169135 bytes)TASMANIAN KILLED

Flying Officer Harbottle

Advice was received yesterday of the death in an air accident in Queensland of Flying Officer Philip Francis Grant Harbottle, R.A.A.F., formerly of Hobart.

Flying Officer Harbottle enlisted in the R.A.A.F. in May, 1940, and after completing his training in Canada went to England where he was posted to a fighter squadron. He was engaged extensively on convoy work, and for a time was flying planes which were catapulted from ships at sea.

He was promoted flying officer several months before his return to Australia this year with other .R.A.A.F. men brought back to strengthen the Commonwealth's air defences.

A son of Mrs. Alan Burn, Flying Officer Harbottle was well known in Hobart as an announcer with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, and as an enthusiastic member of the Hobart Repertory Society.

 The Mercury 13 July 1942


Harding, Kenneth Rex

Service NumberTX2294  Death Date 13/01/1945

Place of Death Strathpine Australia

Cause of Death

Burial Lutwyche War Cemetery

Mrs E. Harding, Talune Rd., Lindisfarne, has been officially advised that her son TX2294 Cpl Kenneth Rex Harding, was accidentally killed on Jan 13 last as result of a head wound received while cleaning a gun. He was aged 21.

He embarked for service in October, 1940 served in the Middle East and New Guinea, and was killed in Queens- land on return to service after leave in Hobart. He died while being taken to hospital.

The Mercury 26 Feb 1945

Hardstaff, Roy Albert

Service NumberTX5821  Death Date 14/04/1945

Place of Death POW Borneo

Cause of Death


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 Tas. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of TX5821 Private Roy Albert Hardstaff, 2/29th Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POW's that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Private Hardstaff, aged 22, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 14 April 1945. He was the son of Albert Edgar and Dora Jeanette Hardstaff, of Burnie, Tas. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 16. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)

Hardy, Geoffrey Ronald

Service Number TX5607 Death Date 31/05/1945

Place of Death POW Ranau Borneo

Cause of Death


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Tas. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of TX5607 Private Geoffrey Ronald Hardy, No. 1 Company, . He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POW's that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Private Hardy, aged 27, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 31 May 1945. He was the son of Richard Victor and Susan Marion Hardy, of Penguin, Tas. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 23. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database


Hardy, Keith Mollineaux

Service Number TX4402 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death torpedoed transport Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death


HARDY.-TX4402 Gnr Keith Mollineaux, Heavy Battery, Rabaul, loved and loving second youngest son of Mr and Mrs H. C. Hardy of 69 Gormanston Rd., Moonah, and loving brother of Rex, Max, Jeff, Jack (RAN), and Pat, aged 19; believed lost at sea on or about July 1, 1942, while a prisoner of war.

The Mercury 9 Oct 1945

See Montevideo Maru

Harman Roy Arthur

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death


Born 12th Jan 1919 Smithton Tasmania to Arthur Thomas and Amy Alice Harman (nee Rawlings) and was married to Stella Mary Lacey.

He enlisted in Victoria and was posted to the No 1 Independent Company which was formed in June 1941 

The following month, with the threat of war with Japan looming, it was sent to Kavieng, New Ireland (Papua & New Guinea).  The Company was based at Kavieng, where it was to protect the airfield but sections were also sent to Namatanai in central New Ireland, Vila in the New Hebrides, Tulagi on Guadalcanal, Buka Passage in Bougainville and Lorengau on Manus Island to act as observers. 

In the event of an invasion, the company’s role was the resist the enemy long enough so that the airfield could be damaged and other military installations, such as fuel dumps could be destroyed.  The company was to then withdraw to bases further south where they could wage a guerrilla war.  

On 21st January about 60 Japanese aircraft attacked Kavieng.  The commandos’ shot down a number of aircraft, but the schooner, the Induna Star, which was the company’s only means of escape had also been damaged.  Despite this though, the schooner managed to sail to Kaut.  Meanwhile, the commando’s started to withdraw over land to Sook.  Later that day the Australians received a message that a Japanese naval force of an aircraft carrier and six cruisers was approaching New Britain.  The Japanese landed in the early morning the next day. 

As the lead Japanese troops reached the airfield, there was some fighting as the Australians blew the airfield and supply dump.  The Japanese landed between three and four thousand troops, hopelessly outnumbered, those commandos still fighting around Kavieng fell back to Sook, but not all of them made it.  Some were captured. 

At the end of June, these men, along with the 2/22nd Battalion and other members of Lark Force who had been captured on New Britain and about 200 civilians boarded the Japanese ship “Montevideo Maru”.  Unescorted, she sailed from Rabaul on 22nd June but on 1st July the ship was sighted by the American submarine “Sturgeon”.  Firing its torpedoes the “Sturgeon” sunk the Montevideo Maru.  None of the prisoners survived. 

All 133 men from the Independent Company who were aboard the “Montevideo Maru” were lost.

Harington, Kelston Ross

Service Number H/1513  Death Date 4/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Yarra (missing loss of ship)

Cause of Death Presumed dead


Harington Kelston Ross.jpg (63971 bytes)Born Ulverstone Tasmania to Sumner David and Alice Grace Harington of Duke Street , Launceston Kelston was a shop assistant when he enlisted and was posted to H.M.A.S. Yarra.  

He was an Ordinary Seaman with HMAS Yarra, the Royal Australian Navy sloop sunk by a Japanese cruiser squadron in a gallant but hopeless defence of her convoy in the Indian Ocean , south of Java, on 4 March 1942. A total of 138 of her company were lost out of 151 officers and men including her commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Robert Rankin and all officers

He was one of 15 Tasmanians killed in this incident.


Harper, Harold Stanley J

Service Number TX3370  Death Date 21/09/1942

Place of Death Palestine

Cause of Death

Burial Gaza War Memorial

Born 13 Oct 1915, 73 Bathurst St Launceston Tasmania to John and Sarah Jane Harper (nee Richards) Sapper Harper died 21 Sep 1942 in Palestine from injuries.

Harper, Noel James

Service Number 430167  Death Date 13/09/1943

Place of Death Point Cook

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Springvale War Cemetery

Harper Noel James.jpg (303097 bytes)Three trainee airmen were killed yesterday when two aircraft from an RAAF station in South Australia crashed after a collision in mid-air while on a training flight. They were: LAC Noel James Harper (19), of Hepburn Springs (V); LAC John Henry"Fridav (29), of Bonnie Doon (V); LAC Vincent Martin Purkiss (19), of Armidale (NSW).

The Mercury 15 Sep 1943 

Harris, Alan McGuire

Service Number TX110 Death Date 9/05/1943

Place of Death

Cause of Death Died from injuries

Burial Albury War Cemetery

Lieutenant, TX110. A.I.F. Sigs. H.Q.5 First Aust. Army. Australian Corps of Signals.  Son of Allan Stevens Harris and Agnes May Harris, of Ulverstone, Tasmania. enlisted Brighton Tas. 

On 8 May 1943, a bus carrying Australian Army personnel from Bonegilla to Albury including Lt Harris for a Saturday night recreation leave was hit by Steam locomotive A2 863 at the level crossing on the Tallangatta Road to Wodonga. The driver, twenty-three servicemen and a member of the Australian Army Medical Womens Service (AAMWS) were killed. Nine other service people were injured.

Died from injuries received.


Harris, Amos George

Service Number T255419 Death Date 7/09/1942

Place of Death Camp HQ Brighton

Cause of Death

Burial Huonville Congregational

Harris amos george Claude Thomas Cordwell and Amos George Harris.jpg (48577 bytes)Born 3rd Feb 1892 Huon Tasmania to George and Sarah Ann Harris (nee Lovell) and married to Jessie Eileen Kirkby he was a farmer living at Pontville when he enlisted and was posted to Camp Headquarters at Brighton.

He had served with the 36th Battalion in the 1st World War

After his death from illness aged 50 he was buried Huonville Congregational & Uniting

Harris, John East

Service Number TX347 Death Date 1/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Body not located

Burial Buna area


Harris, John MacKenzie O

Service Number 408129 Death Date 5/09/1942

Place of Death Sweden

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Overlulea Churchyard, Sweden

Was the wireless operator/air gunner on Hampden P5304 which took of from RAF Sunburg on the night of Sep 4 1942 for Vaenja Northern Russia.

The aircraft failed to arrive at its destination. 

It was later established that the aircraft crashed on the Swedish coast. Search parties found the aircraft which was destroyed by fire and all 5 of the crew were killed in the incident. 

The Mercury 6 Oct 1942

Mr and Mrs J. R. Oberlin Harris, Hobart, have been notified that their son, Sgt John Mackenzie Oberlin Harris, RAAF, has been reported missing, believed killed in action. Sgt Harris is an air gunner.

Harris, Kennington J Hythe

Service Number 408163  Death Date 4/01/1943

Place of Death North West Europe

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Uden War Cemetery Holland

Was the rear gunner on Lancaster W 4274 which was part of 460 squadron that took off from RAAF Breighton on the 4th January 1943 to attack Essen Germany. 

The aircraft failed to return to base 

After the war it was established the plane was attacked and shot down by a nightfighter

near Nijmegen. 

All seven of the crew including Sgt Harris were killed

Harris, Trevor Myles

Service Number TX4066 Death Date 21/03/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death



Sgt Trevor M Harris AIF, who was recently reported killed in action. He was the second son of Mr and Mrs T. M. Harris, of Oatlands and one of the finest young all round athletes the Huon has produced. He played football in the Huon Association and for New Town in the Tasmania League. He was also a brilliant cricketer. He married Miss Daphne Walker of Huonville shortly before he left for overseas.

The Mercury 16 Feb 1946

Harrison, Alan Lindsay

Service Number 408190  Death Date 29/10/1944

Place of Death Netherlands East Indies

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Northern Territory Missing Memorial



Whose mother, Mrs F. W. Harrison, has been notified that he is now missing, believed killed, during operational service near Flores Is. He was posted missing from Oct. 2 1944. In a previous operation  F-Officer Harrison was commended by the Air Bd. for meritorious service.

When posted missing, F Officer Harrison was on a night bombing mission from Darwin.

He was the elder son of Mrs and the late Mr F. W. Harrison, of Cradoc, and was aged 29. He was born at Cradoc and educated at the Friends School. He was a talented musician, and was organist at St. Peter's Church of England, Cradoc, and at the Masonic Lodge at Franklin,

Before joining the RAAF early in 1940 F-Officer Harrison was engaged in orcharding on his father's estate at Cradoc.

The Mercury 1 June 1946 

Harrison, Brian Reginald

Service Number 67172  Death Date 27/03/1944

Place of Death Sydney

Cause of Death

Burial Rookwood War Cemetery

Harrison Brian Reginald.jpg (10035 bytes)Born 2 Sep 1899 Clarence Tasmania to Reginald Hill and Lillian Violet Harrison and was working as a cleaner when he enlisted in the RAAF

Was in Sydney where he died from a self inflicted wound at 111 Stanley Street, East Sydney.

He was buried in the Rookwood War Cemetery.

Harrison, Frank John

Service NumberTX2660  Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned



See Tamahoko Maru

Harrison, Maxwell Charles

Service Number 408093 Death Date 14/01/1943

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial El Alamein War Cemetery

Born Launceston Tasmania to Frederick Valentine and Grace Caroline Harrison (nee Mayhead) he enlisted in the Air Force and was posted to 450 Squadron known as the “Desert Harassers”.

He died in air operations in the Middle East and is commemorated in the El Alamein War Cemetery.


Harrison, Robert Ronald

Service Number TX2696 Death Date 17/08/1943

Place of Death POW Timor

Cause of Death Accidentally drowned


harrison, robert ronald Photo Courtesy Robyn Pearce.jpg (103311 bytes)Born 7th Feb 1918 Nurse Reynolds Hospital Wynyard to Ronald Wilberforce and Edith May Harrison (nee Wragg), Sgt Harrison was living and working as a clerk in Queenstown Tasmania when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

He was a passenger on a Catalina with 20 Squadron on 17 August 1943 which took off from Bowen on a sea gunnery training flight. Later the plane was making a run across the wave tops when, it is assumed, the wing hit the water and the aircraft crashed into the sea. 

Fourteen service personnel were killed in this accident including Sgt Robert Ronald Harrison and another Tasmanian Sgt Leslie George Dalgleish.

Photo Courtesy Robyn Pearce

Hart, Robert Arthur

Service Number408257  Death Date 19/06/1944

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

Born 31 January 1923 Scottsdale Tasmania to Arthur Lewis and Mabel Elizabeth Hart W/O Hart was living in Launceston and working as a salesman when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

He was attached to RAF 616 squadron (South Yorkshire) flying Spitfire MD 133 on an operational shipping recce and was returning home after an uneventful flight when W/O Hart called to say his engine was cutting out.

He was told to climb and bale out but was seen to climb slightly and then go into a steep glide finally entering the sea almost vertically.  No trace of the missing aircraft or pilot was found.


Hart, Thomas Frank

Service Number TX4868 Death Date 30/06/1943

Place of Death POW Malaya

Cause of Death Cholera

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Hart Thomas Frank.jpg (226063 bytes)Born Hobart Tasmania to Jack and Gladys Edith Hart, he was a printer when he enlisted in the Army.  He was with the 4 Anti Tank Regiment RAA and a prisoner of war in Thailand when he died of illness.  He is commemorated in the Kanchanbur War Cemetery.

HART (Thomas Frank).-Loving son of

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hart, New Town, fond brother of Jack, died in Malaya, aged 21 years. "At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them."


Hartnett, William Scott

Service Number TX952  Death Date 31/08/1942

Place of Death Milne Bay New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery


Pte W. S Hartnett (AIF), son of Mr and Mrs P. Hartnett, Glenorchy, was killed in action.


Harvey, Leonard William

Service Number TX5689  Death Date 12/11/1942

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death

Burial El Alamein War Cemetery


Haslock, Hubert Frederick

Service Number 408294 Death Date 16/02/1943

Place of Death Scotland

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Sleepy Hill Cem Montrose Scotland


Sgt-Pilöt Hubert Frederick Haslock, RAAF, was killed in an aircraft accident in Scotland on February 16, according to official advice received by his parents, Mr and Mrs H. R. Haslock, of Hobart. He was aged 26, and was engaged on instructional duties in Scotland.

Sgt-Pilot 'Haslock was a pilot in the Tasmanian Aero Club before the outbreak of war, and on joining the RAAF received training in Australia, Canada, and England. He was a brother of Mr H. E. Haslock andHaslock Hubert Frederick.jpg (52410 bytes) Mrs H. K. Richardson, of Devonport, and Miss Dulcie Haslock, of Hobart.

Before his enlistment  Sgt Pilot Haslock was a compositor on the newsroom staff of Davies Brothers Limited, publishers of "The Mercury." He left Australia about 12

The Mercury 23 Feb 1943 

Hawkes, Ellis Cedric

Service Number TX4166  Death Date 1/06/1942

Place of Death POW Timor

Cause of Death Died of illness Kakakona

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Born 19 Jun 1920 Wynyard Tasmania to Sydney St Clair and Beryl Hawkes (nee Griggs)

He enlisted in the AIF 24 Oct 1940 and was posted to the 2/40 Australian Infantry Battalion.  He died of illness whilst a prisoner of war at Kakakono, Timor. 

He is commemorated in the Galala War Cemetery

Hawksley, Eric Norman

Service Number 30764  Death Date 5/04/1941

Place of Death Melbourne

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Carr Villa Cemetery

Eric Norman Hawksley was born 19th. April 1910 Launceston Tasmania to Henry and Ellen Hawksley.  At the time of his enlistment his occupation was listed as ‘fencer’.


Hawson, Edward John

Service Number TX860  Death Date 2/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Killed in action.

Sgt E. J. Hawson who died of wounds in New Guinea on January 2. He was the youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs Reg Hawson, of Hobart, and enlisted in September, 1939. He served also in England and the Middle East. Before enlistment he was on the staff of Nestle and Anglo Swiss Condensed Milk Co.

The Mercury 19 Jan 1943

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer


Hay Gerald Thomas

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death


Born 11th Feb 1912 Launceston Tasmania to Alfred James and Agnes Margaret Hay (nee Dargan) he was a carpenter, married with one child when he enlisted in the AIF and was posted to the 2/3 Aust Fd Company. 

He was to die on the 10th Aug 1942 from wounds received in Egypt.

Photo Courtesy Fay Thornton


Hay, John Douglas

Service Number 408066  Death Date 10/11/1942

Place of Death Burma

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Singapore Missing Memorial


F-Officer J. Hay

Mrs John Hay, of Melbourne, formerly of Hobart, has been notified of the death of her youngest son. F-Officer John Douglas Hay, RAAF, who was previously reported missing in air operations off the coast of Burma on November 10. His body has been recovered.

F-Officer Hay, who was in his 26th year, was educated at Clemes College, and before enlistment was a member of the staff of Cadbury-Fry Pascall Pty. Ltd. He was a prominent member of Clemes College Old Boys Football Club, and a senior rowing member of the Derwent Rowing Club. When 21 he won the flying scholarship of thé Southern Tasmanian Aéro Club.

F-Officer Hay, who received his training as air observer under the Empire Air Scheme, was engaged to Miss Kathleen Palfreyman, of Hobart. His eldest brother. Sgt Ian Hay, is serving in the AIF in the Middle East, and another brother, SgtAir Gnr Philip Hay, was reported missing in air operations in Malaya last January. -

The Mercury 26 Nov 1942

Hay, John William

Service Number H.795  Death Date 6/06/1942

Place of Death HMS President

Cause of Death Presumed dead



Hay Gordon Peter

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death



Born Manilla Phillipines to William and Maud Hay of Franklin Tasmania ,married and living in Sydney when he enlisted in the AIF. He was killed in action 27th Nov 1942 and is commemorated in the Soputa War Cemetery


Hay, Phillip Carisle

Service Number 408105 Death Date 26/01/1942

Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Singapore Missing Memorial

 See also HAY, JOHN DOUGLAS (brother)


THE death has been presumed of Sgt-Air Gunner Philip Carlisle Hay, who was reported missing in air operations over Endait, Malaya, on Jan. 26. 1942.

Sgt. Hay before enlistment was manager of the Launceston branch of the London and Lancashire Insurance Co.Ltd., and was formerly chief clerk of the Derwent and Tamar Assurance Co. Ltd., of Hobart.

He was the second youngest son of the late Mr John Hay of Hobart, and Mrs Hay, now of Armadale (V), and was aged 32 years. He leaves a wife, formerly Miss Hilda Wright, of Hobart.

He was a committeeman of the Derwent Rowing Club and hon. secretary for some years, and was a member of the committee of the Tasmanian Aero Club (.Southern section).

Educated at Clemes College, he was a playing member of Clemes Old Boys' Football Club, and later played with Old Scotch Collegians in Launceston.

A brother, P-Officer John Hay, lost his life in air operations off the Burma coast in November, 1942.

The Mercury 14 June 1946

Hay, Trevor Neil

Service Number 56177 Death Date 28/01/1945

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Member of the Forces

HAY. - Trevor Neil (Bluey), Flt-Sgt (Pilot) RAAF, reported missing in aircraft between Port Moresby and Lae, January 28, 1945, now presumed dead, aged 22, dearly loved husband of Mars and father of Trevor. His memory will live for ever.

The Mercury 22 Feb 1947

Haydon, Lawrence Thomas

Service Number T23000  Death Date 27/02/1942

Place of Death 11AGH Tasmania

Cause of Death Peri-caritis

Burial Ulverstone Cemetery


Late Gunner L. T. Haydon, Ulverstone

The death occurred at the Royal Hobart Hospital last Friday of Gunner Laurence Thomas Haydon, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. 0 Haydon, Lloyd Street, Ulverstone. Deceased was born at Hobart, and was in his 21st year. Most of his life was spent at Ulverstone. He entered camp about eight mouths ago, but on account of ill health he was admitted to the Royal Hobart Hospital about four weeks ago. He was accorded a military funeral, which took place at Ulverstone on Sunday. The casket was draped with the Union Jack. Capt. T. H. Piper and Lieut. W. T. James represented the military, and a number of deceased's comrades attended in uniform. Rev. R. C. Brown conducted the service at the graveside. The chief mourners were Mr, and Mrs. H. O. Haydon (parents), Mesdames R. Gooding (Launceston) and L. Hiller (Devonport), Misses Lurlie, Betty, Dulcie and Rae (sisters), Messrs. Eric, Max and Dallas (brothers), Reg Gooding and Les Hiller (brothers-in-law). Advocate Burnie 3rd Mar 1942

Hayes, Alfred George

Service Number TX4317  Death Date 26/10/1942

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death

Burial El Alamein War Cemetery



Youngest son of Mr and Mrs G. F. Hayes, Queenstown, who was killed in action recently in the Middle East.



Youngest son of Mr and Mrs G. F. Hayes, Queenstown, who was killed in action recently in the

Middle East.


Hayes, Frederick William

Service Number TX5938 Death Date 24/06/1945

Place of Death POW Malaya

Cause of Death

Burial Kranji War Cemetery

See also HAYES, HEDLEY JAMES (brother) 

HAYES-TX5938 Pte. F. W. (Fred) Hayes, dearly beloved eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Hayes, Upper Natone, died  of illness, June 24, 1945, P.O.W. Camp, Malaya, aged 26 years. Also their third eldest son, TX12812 Sapper H. J. (Jim) Hayes, result of accident, Brisbane, Queensland, October 6, 1945; aged 21 years.


Hayes, Hedley James

Service Number TX12812 Death Date 6/10/1945

Place of Death 102 AGH Qld

Cause of Death Died from fractured skull

Burial Lutwyche War Cemetery

Hayes Hedley James.jpg (318693 bytes)HAYES. - In loving memory of our darling brother and uncle, TX12812 Sapper Hedley James Hayes, died in the Australian General Hospital, Brisbane, result of an accident, October 6, 1945.


Advocate – Burnie

Hayter Reginald Hilton

Service Number NX49025 Death Date  17/05/1945

Place of Death POW Korea Japan

Cause of Death Illness


HAYTER Cpl Reginald Hilton Commandant Cash Officer, died May 17, 1945, while prisoner of war, Korea, Japan, dearly beloved elder son of Mr and Mrs R. C. Hayter, Sydney (late of Hobart), and very dearly loved nephew of Vivienne Hayter, 71 Lyttleton St., Launceston," aged 24 years.

The Mercury 6 Oct 1945

Haywood, Albert Leonard

Service Number TX5104 Death Date 10/11/1944

Place of Death POW Fukuoka Japan ex Timor

Cause of Death illness, croup and pneumonia

Burial Labuan War Cemetery


Haywood, George James

Service Number H/1453 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action


Born 8th December 1923 Hobart to George and Isabella Robertson Haywood and was living at 15 Powell Street , Sandy Bay when he enlisted and was posted to H.M.A.S. Sydney.

He was an Ordinary Seaman when on 19th November 1941, following a battle with the German raider, HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast H.M.A.S. Sydney disappeared, almost with a trace.

The loss of the Sydney with its full war complement of 645 remains to this day Australia’s worst ever naval disaster and one of its greatest wartime mysteries..The only confirmed relics found were a lifebelt and a Carley life float damaged by shellfire. 

He was only 17 years old and one of 39 Tasmanians to lose their life in this incident.

Hazelwood, Algernon Lyell

Service Number TX128 Death Date 10/04/1941

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death

Burial Tobruk War Cemetery



Son of Mr. F. C. Hazelwood, of Tunbridge, who has been killed on active service.

The Mercury 2 May 1941


Headlam, Roswell Aubrey

Service Number 408075 Death Date 24/01/1942

Place of Death Burma

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Rangoon War Cemetery

Born 9 Feb 1911 14 Margaret St Launceston Tasmania the son of Mina Hadfield Gnr Hadfield enlisted in the AIF and was a member of the 2/1 Tank Attack Regiment RAA

when he was killed in action in New Guinea


Heath, Jack

Service Number 408309  Death Date 12/06/1943

Place of Death North West Europe

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Jonkerbos War Cem. Holland

Mr and Mrs T. J. Heath, Launceston, have been advised that their son. Sgt Jack Heath, previously reported missing, is believed to have lost his life in air operations over Germany on June ll.

The Mercury 2 Aug 1943 

Heathcote, Donald Elvin

Service Number TX5316 Death Date 3/05/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Was the son of Ernest Samuel and Eveline Francis Heathcote of Launceston and a member of the 2/40th Battalion when he died of illness in Timor. 

He is commemorated in the Galala War Cemetery

Heazlewood, Edward Lance

Service Number TX3206 Death Date 11/07/1941

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death

Burial Ismailia Military Cemetery

Born Scottsdale Tasmania to Claude Bishton and Barbara Hilton Heazlewood, he was living in Ulverstone when he enlisted in the AIF and was posted to the 2/12 Battalion.


Advice has been received by Mr. and Mrs C. B. Heazlewood, South Road, Ulverstone that their son, Private Edward Lancelot Heazlewood, has died of wounds received in the Middle East. Prior to his enlistment about 12 months ago Pte Heazlewood was engaged in farm work. He was in his 24th year.

Heffernan, Claude Alexander

Service Number H/1381 Death Date 9/10/1943

Place of Death HMS Panther

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action


Heffernan Claude.jpg (31848 bytes)Wedding of Jean Miller and William Clarke 2 June 1943 Greenock, Renfrewshire.  Bestman Claude Alex Heffernan Australian Naval Reserve H1381 – Photo Courtesy of Ken Redman 

Born 8th Feb 1921 Hobart Tasmania to Cyril Thomas and Eliza Mary Heffernan (nee Williams) he married Doreen McDonald 30 Sep 1943 in Scotland

Able Seaman Heffernan was attached to the Royal Navy and was on board HMS Panther which was attacked in the Scapento Channel in the Agean Sea during the Dodecanese campaign.  It was noon on the 9th October 1943 when she was struck and she sank within one minute. 

Able Seaman Heffernan is listed missing presumed drowned.

Hellewell, Laurence Harry

Service Number 30441 Death Date 2/07/1943

Place of Death East Coast of Australia

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Sydney Missing Memorial

Hellewell Lawrence.jpg (41347 bytes)Was part of a crew taking part in a navigational and strip landing exercise when the Beaufort they were training in crashed into the sea between Malacoota and Moruya in New South Wales.  

The plane had landed at Nowra and taken off for Malacoota and was seen flying over Moruya in an easterly direction but never arrived at Malacoota.  

Six people were killed in this crash.


Helm, Edward

Service Number TX4521 Death Date 15/02/1942

Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death became missing


Presumed Dead


of Judbury, whose parents, Mr  and Mrs P. Helm, have received official advice that he is presumed dead. He was reported missing on Feb. 15. 1942, and his parents received no word of him after the fall of Singapore.

The Mercury 27 June 1946

Henderson, Edward Charles

Service Number TX5317 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned


See Tamahoko Maru

Henley, Frank Leleu

Service Number T253529 Death Date 25/12/1941

Place of Death 115AGH Melbourne

Cause of Death Cystitis

Burial Cremated Fawkner Crematorium



Col. Frank LeLeu Henley, DSO, OBE, VD deputy director of Supply and Transport, Southern Command, died yesterday morning at Heidelberg Military Hospital after a brief illness.

Born at Dandenong Col. Henley was associated with the motor trade for many years. When the last war broke out Col. Henley enlisted as a lieut. in the AIF and was attached to 1st Division Transport. He was later promoted to lieut col. in command of 3rd Division Transport. Col. Henley took part in the Gallipoli campaign and was senior officer of the 1st Division. He was at the evacuation and subsequently went to France in command of 3rd Division Transport.

On returning to Australia Col. Henley lived in Adelaide for several years, and then came to Melbourne to join the AASC 4th Division. He retained this position until the out- break of war, when he went to Hobart as assistant director, Supply and Transport, 6th Division. His conspicuous ability led to his recall to Melbourne as ADST, Southern Command. Later he was appointed DDST, with the rank of col., which he retained until his death. He is survived by a widow, son, and daughter.

The funeral with military honours, will leave Sleight's Chapel St Kilda rd., for the Fawkner Cemetery today at 2.30pm

The Argus 26 Dec 1941

Hepburn, Allan John

Service Number TX5881 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Penfoie Air Field

Born 6th September 1910 Beaconsfield Tasmania to Alfred and Ada Hepburn (nee Yeates) he was married and living at Tullah when he enlisted in the AIF and was posted to the 2/40th Battalion.

It was reported in the Advocate Burnie 25th June 1942 “PRISONER OF WAR-Pte. A. J. Hepburn is a prisoner of war in the Pacifie zone. Prior to enlisting he was an employee of the Mt. Farrell mine.”

It was later confirmed that he had been killed in action 22nd February 1942.


Herbert, James Joseph

Service Number 428007 Death Date 6/11/1943

Place of Death England

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Brookwood Mil Cem Surrey Eng

The following is taken from TASMANIANS AT WAR IN THE AIR 1939-1945 with the kind permission of Brian Winspear 

James Herbert (Jim) the eighth in a family of nine children, was born in Launceston in 1917.  He went to Launceston Technical College to study plumbing, and was very proficient with all types of musical instruments.  

He joined the R.A.A.F. in early 1943 as a WAG on Course 31, and during training was always in great demand for his musical and entertaining ability.  

He went to England as a Flight Sergeant, and at No 27 OTU at Lichfield, crewed up on a Wellington .  When flying on a night cross country exercise in November 1943, his aircraft collided with a Stirling bomber.  The sole survivor of a total of 15 air crew was Group Captain Heffernen, who happened to be wearing a pilot seat type parachute.  

Jim Herbert became one of the several thousands of Australian air crew killed in air accidents during the war.

Herrick, Eli Hedley

Service Number88414  Death Date 10/12/1945

Place of Death Borneo

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Labuan War Cemetery

Members of the Forces

HERRICK.-88414 LAC Eli Headly (Mull) who lost his life In aircraft accident at Labuan, Borneo, on December 10 1945 loving and loved husband of Alma. Always remembered. Requiescat in pace

HERRICK.-88414 kAC Eli Headly (Mul), lost his life in aircraft accident at Labuan, Borneo, on December 10, 1945, loved brother of Emily Cyril, John, Jim, and Tom and brother-in-law of Bill Requiescat In pace.

The Mercury 21 Dec 1945

Hicks, Francis Leslie

Service Number 408207 Death Date 19/02/1943

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial St John the Baptist Wroughton Wilts

Hicks Francis Leslie.jpg (67127 bytes)Born 12 Aug 1912 Latrobe Tasmania to John Leslie and Evelyn May Hicks (nee James) he was married and living in Launceston when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

Flt Sgt Hicks was a member of 263 Squadron RAF and the following is from their website “263 Squadron Casualties by month” 

19 Feb 1943

Army transports attacked north of Wroughton aerodrome on Wroughton-Swindon Road.  Flt Sgt F Hicks hit a tree and crashed in target area in a field.  He was killed instantly. 

He was buried St John the Baptist Wroughton Wilts


Higginbottom, Roy

Service Number8503  Death Date 14/02/1945

Place of Death Cunderdin, West Australia

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Perth War Cemetery

Higginbottom Roy.jpg (6833 bytes)A B24 Liberator took off from Cunerdin airfield to search for survivors from the motor vessel “Peter Sylvester” which had been torpedoed by a german U boat.  The plane had hardly left the ground when it dropped, skidded through a fence and burst into flames.

Five people including Sgt Roy Higginbottom were killed

Member of the Forces

HIGGINBOTTOM On February. 14, 1945, as result of aircraft accident, at Cunderdin, WA, Sgt Roy Higginbottom, dearly loved eldest son of Ernest and Amy Higginbottom, and loving brother of Jack Malcolm, in his 24th year. Interred at Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth, WA, February 15

Hill, Dennis Robert

Service Number 408283 Death Date 30/12/1943

Place of Death Italy

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Bari War Cemetery

Born Hobart Tasmania to Harry Herbert and Mabel Susan Carrick Hill he was a storeman when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

He was attached to 70 Squadron RAF when it was reported in The Mercury WO D. R. Hill, of Hobart, has been killed in an aircraft accident overseas, according to an RAAF casualty list issued in Melbourne. 

HILL.-In loving memory of my beloved husband and my daddy, WO Dennis Robert Hill (pilot, RAAF), killed while on active service in Foggia, Italy, on December 30 1943.Inserted by his loving wife Phyllis and son Terry Bridge Hotel. Launceston.


Hill, Garnett Joseph

Service Number H27/25 Death Date 11/02/1945

Place of Death HMAS Nizam

Cause of Death Presumed drowned


Was a crew member of H.M.A.S Nizam when on the night of 11th February 1945 the destroyer was struck by a freak wave as she rounded Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia   The ship was travelling at 21 knots and the water swept down the ship sweeping boats and sailors overboard.  

Garnett Joseph Hill was one of the missing sailors and despite all efforts it was impossible to find the missing in the darkness.


Hill, John Francis

Service NumberTX2288  Death Date 4/03/1942

Place of Death Java

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Dutch War Cemetery Batavia



A member of the AIF who was killed in action In Java. Prior to enlistment he was employed in the paper pulp industry at Burnie and Boyer. He was a good all- round sportsman, and played with the Australian football teams in Syria. His widow Mrs. Estelle Hill, lives in Hobart

The Mercury 17 Mar 1942

Hill, Lewis William

Service Number T235230 Death Date 7/06/1942

Place of Death A Detention Barracks

Cause of Death

Burial Bagdad Church of England


Family Hit On Road

Á man and his son, aged 9 years, were killed and two others were injured seriously shortly after midnight yesterday when a motor-lorry struck members of a family of  nine walking on the road at Bagdad.

The casualties were:

Killed: Lewis William Hill (55), military policeman, and Geoffrey Hill (9).

Injured: Mrs. Alma Hill, wife of Lewis Hill, shock, head injuries, and abrasions; Brian Hill (7), head in- juries, and shock.

Four other children under 14 years of age escaped injury. A seven-months old baby, Terence Hill, who was in a perambulator, escaped with abrasions, though the perambulator was smashed to pieces.

The family had attended a dance at Bagdad and were on the way to home. The family had almost reached the turn-off on the Midlands Highway near the Congregational Church and were within 150 yards of their home.

The motor-lorry was driven by Arthur James Smith, of Kempton, and he was accompanied by Mrs Ruby Luck, of 111 Giblin St., Hobart, and Arthur Joseph McKay, of Kempton.

The lorry was returning to Kempton after the dance at Bagdad and was travelling in the same direction as the Hill family.

The accident was reported to Constable Rowland, of Pontville and he went to the scene with Trooper Miller. The father and Geoffrey were unconscious, and the son died before his arrival at Brighton camp by ambulance. The father died after transfer to the Royal Hobart Hospital.

The condition of Mrs. Hill, last night, was serious; that of Brian Hill was stated to be satisfactory.

An inquest on the deaths of Lewis Hill and Geoffrey Hill was opened by the Coroner (Col. Clark) in the Hobart Police Court yesterday Evidence of identification was given and the inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

The Mercury 8 June 1942

Hill, Markwell Jack

Service Number TX5420 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned


See Tamahoko Maru

Hinds, Cedric

Service Number TX2940  Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action


HINDS-In memory of my pal Cedric (Syd), killed in action, Timor, February

22, 1942. "They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old."

Inserted by Arthur E. Richardson (late 2/40 Btn.)    
Hite, Tasman Frank

Service Number T255675  Death Date 3/03/1940

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial Wynyard Cemetery


Misadventure Finding

The nation was at war and with troops armed with live ammunition it could not be expected no accidents would occur. The Coroner (Col. J. P. Clark) made this observation at Hobart yesterday when announcing his finding that Pte. Tasman Hite (18), of Wynyard, member of the 6th Garrison Battalion stationed at a garrison fort, was killed on March 4 by misadventure.

Hite was killed almost instantaneously when a loaded rifle in the hands of Pte. Charles Albert Victor Barker (18) discharged in the tent of which each was an occupant.

The Inquest yesterday was attended by Capt. W. D. McMinn, adjutant of the 6th Garrison Battalion. Mr. G.P. Harvey (Crisp, Gill, and Harvey), appeared for HIte's relatives.

Platoon commander Albert Vincent Chadwick, said that at 12.16 a.m. he heard a shot. He went to a marquee some 15 yards away, and saw Barker holding a rifle, fixed with service bayonet, pointing to the ground. Hite was in his bed near by. Barker, who appeared prostrated, was placed under close arrest. While witness was waiting for instructions Hite died. To witness' question as to who had shot him, Barker replied: "I did, sir, I didn't know there was one in the gun."

Witness added that each member of the battalion was supplied with 40 rounds of live ammunition on taking over fort duty, but was not supposed to have his rifle charged. The ammunition was supposed to be kept in pouches, and members of the infantry were not permitted to charge their magazines before receiving direct orders. An alarm given at 11.30 p.m. concerned only the artillery and engineers. The guard did not receive the alarm, nor did it turn out.

Pte. Basil Robert Webb, said Barker followed him into the guard tent, and he heard him work the bolt of his rifle backwards and forwards, counting five times, and remove a cartridge from the magazine each time. Pte. Wright, whoso bed was next to witness, told Barker to turn the rifle down or point it the other way. Immediately afterwards the rifle discharged and Barker exclaimed; "Oh, I have shot him."

Asleep When Shot

Pte. Charles Smith said the tent contained 12 men, all of whom were on the best of terms with each other. Hite, at the time he was shot, was asleep. Witness saw Barker pull the trigger before the discharge.

Pte. Barker said that about 11.30 p.m., when on duty in an isolated position, he heard the alarm bell, and loaded his magazine. On entering the tent he worked the bolt of the magazine and ejected, as he thought, five cartridges. The rifle was pointed towards Pte Wright, who told him to turn it away. He did so, and remembered having pulled the trigger In accordance with drill practice. The discharge followed.

Capt. McMinn said Barker's rifle shooting record was particularly good, as was his knowledge of rifles. He explained after the ejection of cartridges from a rifle the cut-off was closed, and to relieve strain on the spring it was the duty of an infantry man to pull the trigger as a part of routine.

The Mercury 9 Mar 1940 

Hobson, Alick Stanley

Service Number T28453 Death Date 8/07/1942

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial Devonport Cemetery

Private A. Hobson, Devonport

News of the death in a military hospital in the South of Pte Alex Hobson, of Devonport, was received on Wednesday evening. A fortnight ago he was home from camp on leave and as he was then in good health, news of his death, which was due to pneumonia, came as a shock to his relatives. A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Hobson, he is survived by his widow (who was formerly Miss Beryl Strawberry, of Roland) and a son three years of age. Messrs, William, Walter, Albert and Roy Hobson are brothers, and Mrs. E. Hall of Melbourne, a sister

The Advocate 10 July 1942

HOBSON.-On July 8, 1942, at Hobart Military Hospital, Pte Alick Stanley, dearly loved husband of Beryl Hobson, loving father of Terry, and second youngest son of the late Percy and Sarah Hobson, Devonport; in his 29th year.


Hodgetts, Everett Charles

Service Number TX2918 Death Date 12/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born 25 April 1914 to Charles Daniel and Rosa May Hodgetts (nee Chandler) Pte Hodgetts was living and working in Rosevale as a sawmiller when he enlisted in the 2/12 AIF 

He was fighting in New Guinea when he was Mentioned in despatches “for gallant and distinguished services in S W P area”

Commonwealth Australia Gazette 23 Dec 1943 

He was killed in action on the 12 January 1943 and buried Soputa Papua New Guinea, at the crossroads of the Kokoda Sananada Road and Buna Kokoda Road.

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

Hodgman, Vincent Henry

Service Number TX5338 Death Date 22/04/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Mr and Mrs G. H. Hodgman. Campbell St., Launceston, and formerly of Hobart, have been advised officially that their eldest son, Cpl V. H. Hodgman, 2/40th Battalion, died of illness while a prisoner of war in Japanese hands.

He is commemorated at the Galala War Cemetery

The Mercury 29th Sep 1945 

Hoffman, Vernon Victor

Service Number T25310  Death Date 21/03/1942

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial Cambridge Congregational Cemetery


Sorell Causeway Collision

Injured in a collision on the Sorell Causeway on Saturday, Vernon Victor Hoffman (31), unmarried, of Penna, died soon after admission to hospital at Sorell.

When Hoffman was riding a motorcycle towards Sorell, the machine collided head-on with a motor-lorry driven by Ernest Ray Worbey, 54 Warwick St., Hobart. Both vehicles were considerably damaged by the impact, but Worbey was able to drive the lorry to Sorell, conveying in it Hoffman, who was suffering from head and other injuries.

The death was reported to the Coroner (Col. A. C. Blacklow M.L.C.) who opened an inquest at Sorell yesterday. The inquest was adjourned until tomorrow.

The Mercury 23 Mar 1942

Hofto, Thomas Halvor

Service Number 428187  Death Date 1/04/1945

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death died of injuries

Burial Bath RAF Cemetery Somerset UK

Member of the Forces

HOFTO.-On April 1, 1945, at Tetbury Hospital, Gloucestershire, England, Flt-Sgt Thomas Halvor (RAAF),beloved elder son of Halvor and Eva Hofto, 41 Derwent Ter., New Norfolk, and brother of Ted (RAAF), aged 20 years.

The Mercury 5 April 1945 

Photo Courtesy Julia & Keld



Hogan Ernest

Service Number TX8368  Death Date 14/04/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Pte E. W. (Ray) Hogan, youngest son of Mr and the late Mrs F. T. Hogan, 67 Colville St., Hobart; taken prisoner at Timor, death from illness, notified through Chungking.

Hogue, Jack Henry

Service Number T24591 Death Date 25/05/1942

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Accidentally killed

Burial Tasmanian War Cemetery


Lorry Hits Bridge

A soldier was killed and five others injured in a road accident at Tunbridge on Monday night.

A military lorry, driven by Gnr. Lloyd George Edwards (23), got out of control and ran into a bridge. Dvr. Jack Henry Hogue (I8), of North Hobart, was killed, and those injured were: Jack French (19), of Deep Creek Rd., Wynyard, injuries to back and leg; John R. Paine (19), of 54 Mount St., Burnie, broken leg; C. I. Smith (21), of 35 Strahan St.. Burnie, injuries to back, Raymond Charles Wilson (19) of Burnie, head injuries; Victor V. McKay (26), of Lindisfarne, injuries to back.

When Constable T. Earley, of Tunbridge, arrived on the scene he found Hogue lying dead, with a large wound above the forehead.

The injured men were taken to hospital at Campbell Town, and Hogue's body was taken to Hobart.

Edwards and Sgts. Street and Purton, who were seated with him, were not injured.

The lorry and the bridge were badly damaged.

An inquest on the death of Hogue was opened at Hobart yesterday be- fore Mr. E. C, Mitchell (Coroner). Sgt. R. J. Betts, appeared for the police, and Capt. Marsh for the military authorities. Evidence of identification was given by David Eric Wright, brother-in-law, and the inquiry was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

The Mercury 27 May 1942 

Holland, William Edward

Service Number TX16160 Death Date 11/03/1945

Place of Death Bougainville

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Bomana War Cemetery


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Holland, of Latrobe, have been advised by the Minister for the Army that their youngest son, Pte. W. E. ("Bill") Holland, died of wounds on March ll.

The flag in the Memorial Reserve at Latrobe was flown at half-mast yesterday as a mark of respect to the late soldier.

Advocate Burnie 16 Mar 1945

Holloway, Benjamin Huon

Service Number TX8112 Death Date 23/10/1943

Place of Death POW Burma

Cause of Death dysentery, malnutrition

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cem


Pte Ben H. Hollaway, son of Mr and Mrs J. E. Hollaway, Police Point, Huon, died of illness while prisoner of war in Burma;


Holmyard, Trevor Richard

Service Number TX812 Death Date 17/07/1942

Place of Death Egypt

Cause of Death



Mr. and Mrs. E. Holmyard. of Romaine have been advised by the Minister for the Army that their eldest son. Cpl. Trevor Richard Holmyard has been killed on active service abroad. The late Cpl. Holmyard was aged 25.

Advocate Burnie 1 Aug 1942


Homan, Stanley Mervyn

Service Number TX1948  Death Date 22/03/1942

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death

Burial El Mina Tripoli Syria

Born 28 Aug 1904 Fingal Tasmania to William George and Adeliza Homan (nee Woodberry) 



Youngest son of Mrs. A. Homan, of Kingston, whose death in the

Middle East is reported.

Hood, John McGeachie

Service Number 408041 Death Date 18/01/1942

Place of Death Singapore

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Kranji War Cemetery

The Advocate Burnie 26 Jan 1942


Much regret was expressed in Latrobe when the news came through of the death of Pilot-Officer John M. Hood, who was killed in action in Malaya.

Pilot-Officer Hood made rapid advancement as an airman, and had the reputation of being a capable and intrepid flyer. He was on the staff of W L. Wells and Sons for some time, Mrs. Clavel Ingram is his sister. His wife is in West Australia.

Hope, Arthur Lawrence

Service Number TX4533  Death Date 25/01/1945

Place of Death Ravenshoe Queensland

Cause of Death

Burial Atherton War Cemetery


Horne Gratten Dennis

Service Number TX8103  Death Date 5/11/1944

Place of Death POW Borneo

Cause of Death Malaria & meningitis

Burial Sandakan War Cemetery

Tas. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of TX8103 Sapper Grattan Dennis Horne, 2/10th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POW's that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Sapper Horne, aged 22, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 5 November 1944. He was the son of Cyrill Dennis and Laurel Horne, of Echuca, Vic. He is buried in the Labuan Cemetery Section N, Row A, Plot 13. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)


Mr. J. 1. Horne, of Stanley, received a cable yesterday from his brother, Colonel Dennis Horne, advising of the death of the latter's son, Grattan Horne, who had been a prisoner of war in Borneo. It was stated he had died of illness on November 5 last.

Grattan was well known in the North-West Coast and at Launceston, being an old Grammar School boy. He was with an A.I F engineering unit and was 22 years of age at the time of his death.

Advocate Burnie 30 June 1945

Horne, Leslie John

Service Number 40506  Death Date 18/12/1942

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Ground Battle

Burial Benghazi War Cemetery

Mr and Mrs J. B. Horne, of Stanley have been notified that their only son, Leslie John Horne, has been killed in action in the Middle East.  He was 21 years of age

The Mercury 26th Dec 1942

Horton, Clive John

Service Number TX3715 Death Date 21/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death trying to escape



Horton, Reginald Charles

Service NumberH/1354  Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed dead



House Walter

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death


Mrs. A. G. House, Somerset, has received word from the Minister for the Army that her son VX5G028 Walter (Wattie) House, who enlisted in Victoria, has been reported killed in action.


Howard, Lance Wallace

Service NumberTX6737  Death Date 27/03/1944

Place of Death 111AGH Campbell Town

Cause of Death

Burial Launceston War Cemetery


Howard, Wilfred James

Service Number TX15192 Death Date 16/05/1945

Place of Death Aitape New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Pte Wilfred James ("Bill') Howard only son of Mr and Mrs W. J. Howard, 106 Goulburn St., Hobart has been reported killed in action in New Guinea on May 16. Pte Howard was 20 years of age. He was born in Hobart, and had 21 years service. He was a keen soccer player with the Goulburn St. School, and a swimmer. He was employed by Mr J. McElwee builder.

The Mercury 22 May 1945 

Howe, Albert Edward

Service Number TX5411 Death Date 24/04/1943

Place of Death POW Tarso Thailand

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 21st September 1917 Smithton Tasmania to Ernest Cecil and Eleanor Rachel Howe (nee Holmes)

Pte Howe was a prisoner of war at Tarso Thailand when he became ill and died.

Howe, Frederick William

Service Number TX3449 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned


See Tamahoko Maru

Hudson, Charles Douglas

Service Number 22559 Death Date 21/11/1944

Place of Death HMAS Yarra (missing loss of ship)

Cause of Death Presumed dead


Born Melbourne Victoria to Charles William and Olive Ethel Hudson but wife Jean Frances was living 21 Brisbane Street Hobart while her husband was serving in permanent navy.

At the time of his death he was a cook with HMAS Yarra, the Royal Australian Navy sloop sunk by a Japanese cruiser squadron in a gallant but hopeless defence of her convoy in the Indian Ocean , south of Java, on 4 March 1942. A total of 138 of her company were lost out of 151 officers and men including her commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Robert Rankin and all officers.

Hudson, Frank

Service Number TX1468 Death Date 26/09/1941

Place of Death Egypt

Cause of Death

Burial Salum Halfaya Cemetery

Hudson, George

Service Number TX5082  Death Date 8/05/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Galala War Cemetery


HUDSON.-Died of illness while prisoner of war in Japanese hands George, dearly loved elder son of Andy and Ray, and loving brother of Dorothy (Mrs Bowron, Golconda) and Ronald (Rocherlea).

The Mercury 29 Sep 1945

Hudspeth, Donald George

Service Number 408440 Death Date 5/03/1945

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Hanover War Cemetery

The following information was written by Laurie Woods, also from Hobart who flew with Don Hudspeth and gives an account of a flight over Germany when Don was injured and finally goes on to give an account of his death.  We thank him for this information and for the photo of Donald Hudspeth’s grave.  

As a member of the Australian Lancaster 460 squadron LaurieWoods DFC participated in the invasion of Europe and survived at a time when the casualties of Bomber Command exceeded those of the invading ground forces.

*J² ME 649* the subject of Robert Taylor's "Strike And Return" print was our aircraft, skippered by Ted Owen for our fifteenth raid . Stettin was a long trip of 8½ hours in the air.  

It was a long uneventful flight over the North Sea with some heavy cloud, which lifted a little as we approached Denmark . As we crossed the coast we encountered some spasmodic ack ack. There was also some fighter activity, aimed at stragglers who had wandered off track.  

Suddenly about a half a mile to port there was a bright pink glow in the clouds, and then we saw the reason, a couple of planes going down in flames. Whether it was a collision which seemed most likely or fighters or ack ack we didn’t know, but we were happy we had not been any closer to where they went down.  

Our scheduled bombing height was at 17,000ft. The briefing was to fly over Sweden at 17,000ft, as the Swedish gunners would fire their ack ack guns at us, but the shells would be fused to explode at 15,000ft.

Approaching Sweden , where the lights were shining was a reminder of the days before blackouts, and the blackness that War had spread over most of the World.  

As briefed, the gunners put on an impressive show with their guns. It was wonderful to enjoy the spectacle of ack ack guns blazing away, and the shells bursting just below us, and to know they wouldn’t hurt us.  

Passing over Sweden , we were routed almost due south, to approach the city of Stettin and the dock area, from the sea. This was wise planning, as we could make full use of our H2S to pick up the coastline and the river with the city off to starboard of our track.  

After turning on to our new heading toward Germany , the searchlights, which had remained vertical stationary, were lowered to a horizontal position pointing on our track toward Germany . They waved up and down a few times, in a real heart warming gesture, as though they were wishing us God speed.  

At 17,000 feet the cloud was closing in a little, and the Master Bomber nearer the target up ahead, ordered us to reduce height, with a minimum of 12,000ft for our bombing run. The message wasn’t really concise and almost left the crews to choose their own heights.

Whether or not some of the crews did not get the message, or whether they ignored the instruction, to reduce height believing themselves safer at 17,000ft no one knows.  

Often these late messages were ignored as some crews thought they were moves by an English speaking German to disrupt the raid in some way. For those crews who reduced height it was a recipe for disaster, flying in the lower layer when the bombs began to fall. So many in fact it seemed like a rainstorm showering down from above. We in “ K2 ” did get the message, and immediately reduced height.  

In the pale moonlight it was a magnificent sight to see the massive harbour with the docks on the western shore. Further to our starboard were the main city blocks. Many ships were lined up at the wharves, whilst several were either anchored or lining up for docking. It seemed as though the enemy was not really expecting a raid so far north. No attempt appeared to have been made to keep the shipping scattered in case of an air raid.  

Approaching Stettin the fighters became very active, and a couple of Ju88s flew across from the port side several hundred feet below us. I watched them closely as they lined up on a pair of Lancasters . I was helpless, I wished I had some way of alerting the crews but watched helplessly as the fighters shot down both Lancasters , one blew up as the fusillade of tracers hit into him whilst the other burst into flames as he fell arcing to starboard. I reported to the skipper as a precautionary measure for all to keep a watchout. The fighters seemed to be hunting in pairs at a lower height than at the height at which we were flying. Of course later we found out they were using the upward firing 20mm cannons "Jazz Music".  

Despite the long flight over the water, it was a gratifying sight to be approaching the target, with our plane nicely lined up on course to the target. The markers had gone down, and the bombs were commencing to explode. When flying into the target zone with the ack - ack bursting in our path, it always seemed to take an eternity before we were able to release our bombs on target.  

What a picture. The searchlight beams the fusillade of red, green and yellows ack ack tracers slicing up into the sky, the coloured markers being reflected from the water. Then just up ahead three more of our planes all within half a minute blown up by ack ack. How many more of our mates were getting the chop on this raid? They were being knocked out of the sky like flies.  

It was apparent to the crews judging by our bomb load that this raid was designed to create as much fire damage as possible as we followed the first wave of the more heavily loaded explosive planes. Our load was mainly incendiary bombs.1/1000lb. high explosive, 1/500lb. high explosive. 7 racks of 4lb. x 150incendiary and 7 racks of 12lb. X 30 a much heavier incendiary load, than we usually carried.  

The markers had gone down very accurately and I had guided Ted into a good position for our bombing run. I delayed the order to open the bomb doors, mainly because of the heavy ack - ack and also with fighters active in the vicinity. When I judged we were within 30 seconds of our bombing point I gave the order:  

“Bomb doors open”…………………………………………... “Steady………Steady………Steady………Bombs gone ………, bomb doors closed” “Steady for photo”.  

Suddenly there was a terrific crash, one wing dropped badly, then we came up straight. There was a loud rushing noise coming from the cockpit. I moved back quickly to see if the skipper was all right and when he appeared OK I resumed my duties giving the ”photo taken!”.

Although the noise was still going on, and it had become quite draughty, everything seemed to be operating correctly.  

I soon learned an incendiary had come through the roof hitting the armour plating shield behind the skipper, giving him a good thump on the head, and making him dizzy for a moment (hence the wing drop). The bomb then deflected through the blackout curtain hitting the navigator, Don Hudspeth, on the arm, driving his watch down through the arm and breaking his wrist. The arm was torn badly and later required twelve stitches. The bomb ended up on the floor behind the navigator, and fortunately it hadn’t exploded.  

The wireless/operator quickly wrapped the bomb in his bag, and shot it out the photo flare chute. He afterwards said he got rid of it as quickly as he could before it had time to explode, and before he had time to get scared about what could happen if it did explode. He also stressed that he handled it, as gently as he could, and when he shot it down through the photo flare chute, he made sure it didn't touch the sides. At that moment two more planes exploded just below us and slightly starboard, both going down on fire.  

I suggested to Don Hudspeth our navigator I would take over the navigation home once we were clear of the target. He assured us he would be all right, if not he would call on me. The perspex canopy over the cockpit had been badly smashed, making it extremely cold and uncomfortable on the return journey, otherwise we were fortunate no other damage had occurred.  

Safely on our course on the homeward route, we had a couple of close calls with fighters flying across our path, about two hundred feet below our height, but no actual attack as we left the target area. Approaching Sweden , the massive fires of Stettin could be clearly seen behind us. We were again waved over Sweden , this time the searchlights waving westward on our track toward England .  

Over Denmark , the fighters were very savage for a short time. To get clear of the area more quickly the skipper clapped on speed. Suddenly the rear gunner reported a pair of Me 109s climbing to attack from below us. A quick corkscrew at full speed, a manoeuvre that delighted our skipper (ex-fighter pilot stuff) and the fighters disappeared. A few minutes later we had another attacker firing as he climbed toward us from the port side. Again the skipper dived port, into the attacking angle at full speed, and the fighter’s tracers passed harmlessly above and behind us. The skipper carried on corkscrewing a couple of times then ordering everyone to keep watch for any more fighters levelled off on our final leg for the run home flying at 20,000ft. We had just passed over Denmark and settled down for the long haul home.  

The cloud was banking up ahead and we were encountering heavy turbulence when suddenly we were flying in a severe electrical storm. It was one of our roughest weather encounters, and Ted climbed as high as “J2” would go, 27,800 ft. where we were bouncing along, right on top of the cloudbank, and the storm partly underneath us.  

The windows were being continually lit up by lightning flashes, with balls of blue fire playing round them. The propellers were also caught by flashes, which gave a real ghostly blue glow. Commonly known as St.

Elmo's Fire is a beautiful, eerie form of atmospheric electricity that usually appears in stormy weather around airplane wings, windows, propellers and engines. During the thunderstorms, the air between the clouds and the ground becomes electrically charged, resulting in a "*glow discharge* <>" -- the same phenomenon used in fluorescent tubes. This electricity is drawn to the closest conductor, in our case our plane.  

After a couple of hours flying in very rough conditions, and still above heavy cloud, Ted decided to let down fairly quickly as we were getting close to base. We had always been advised not to fly if we had a cold.

On this occasion I had a slight cold and suffered badly as I felt my eardrums were going to burst. After my complaint Ted held a much more shallow descent. Finally on the ground, it took me a couple of weeks to recover my hearing.  

Our navigator, Don Hudspeth, was grounded until his arm recovered. We had been flying together for eight months, and it was a bad blow to lose one of our crew. It was also a blow to lose Don, as he was a terrific crewman, very obliging, a very good navigator, as well as being a hell of a nice bloke. For his effort on this trip he should have been decorated. We had decided to volunteer for Pathfinders after the required 15 raids, but now with one crewman short on our 15^th raid we did not qualify. Don did not fly with us again, and we had to finish our tour carrying a spare navigator each time. As we could only operate when a spare navigator was available, this extended our time on the squadron.

The raid on Stettin was very successful with 3 ships sunk and 34,000 people homeless. F/O Don Hudspeth remained on 460 Squadron flying as a spare navigator and flew his last 11 raids with Sq/Ldr John Holmes. They were killed on a raid on Chemnitz on 6 March, 1945.    

The death of Flying Officer Donald George Hudspeth

Don & I both from Hobart flew together for a period of nine months. He was a wonderful crew mate and a wonderful fellow airman.

As we passed through Lichfield the operational training station, we came in contact and became very friendly with F/Lt John Holmes, from Toowoomba.

Later when he returned to operational flying duties at Binbrook he took Don Hudspeth on 11 trips over Germany.

From accounts I have been able to gather supposedly from an eye witness, the plane was shot down and crash landed. The crewmembers scattered from the aircraft and then suddenly realising there was someone still in the plane, John Holmes and Don re-entered the plane to rescue the person still in the plane, and unfortunately the bomb load exploded and they were all killed.

Hughes, Colin Alexander

Service Number T259990 Death Date 26/12/1944

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Tasmanian War Cemetery

The Mercury 20 April 1945 


The Coroner (Col J. P. Clark) in returning a finding at the inquest at Hobart yesterday that Lt Colin Alexander Hughes (41) died from natural causes in an ambulance while being taken to the 111th AGH Campbell Town on Dec. 26, 1944, said Capt Leopold Winthrope, a medical officer was guilty of grave and serious neglect of duty in failing to examine the patient personally at the RAP, but that Capt Winthrope was not guiltv of negligence to a criminal degree.

Lt HUGHES had been refused admittance to two Hobart hospitals, and the inquiry was ordered by the Attorney-General (Mr McDonald).

"I am informed that there is a cardiogram at the General Hospital at Campbell Town, but not at Brighton, said the Coroner. Had there been such a mechanical device, either at Hobart or at the Brighton Camp Hospital, a correct diagnosis might have been made, and the life of the deceased might at least have  been prolonged.

The hall porter at the Royal Hobart Hospital took upon himself the responsibility of refusing admission to the military patient without even seeing him, and did not obtain the services of the night sister on duty or a medical officer to examine the patient. The practice at the hospital is generally not to admit, soldiers into the out-patients department, but where a case might appear desperate, the hall porter would have kept in touch with the night sister or medical Officér and either one or the other would have the right  to admit the patient immediately into a ward.

"Dr J. B. Muir's evidence is to the effect that the hall porter had no discrétion. He could not admit, but must call the proper authority, the resident medical officer on duty. This the hall porter did not do.

I feel satisfied that the patient was wrongfully refused admission to the Royal Hobart Hospital.

"When Capt Winthrope was informed by the orderly at the RAP that the patient was suffering from acute abdominal pain, to my mind this should have put him on the alert, and it was his duty to attend at the RAP and personally examine the patient. As I understand the position, the first duty of a medical officer in his examination of a patient is to obtain a detailed history of the case. This assists the medical man in his diagnosis. Had Capt Winthrope personally  attended at the RAP, and questioned  the patient, as it was his duty to do, I think he would have found out from the patient that he had had previous attention from Dr Ralph Whishaw, a heart specialist, in which case he might have made a diagnosis of coronary disease, and would have immediately given an order for the patient to be admitted in to the Royal Hobart Hospital.

I think that Capt Winthrope, as a medical officer, was guilty of a grave and serious neglect of duty In failing to attend at the RAP, and personally examine the patient, but I am not  satisfied that this officer showed such disregard for the life and safety of Hughes as to amount to a crime against the State. In other words, I do not think that he can be said to be guilty of negligence in a criminal degree.

"When examined at Brighton by Capt Stegmann the patient informed him that he had been subject to pains in the chest for some months, whenever he walked 200 or 300 yards, said the Coroner. When Capt Stegmann examined the patient, he came to the conclusion that Hughes was suffering from either biliary colic, ruptured peptic ulcer, or coronary occlusion. He gave the deceased two injections of morphia, and one of atropine. 1 should think this would obscure the condition of the patient, rather than be helpful to his condition. Capt Stegniann ordered the removal of the patient to the Military General Hospital at Campbell Town.

We are all satisfied now that the deceased was suffering from a coronary disease, which caused his death, said the Coroner. .Had a correct diagnosis of the patient's condition been made, either at the RAP at Hobart or at the Brighton Camp Hospital, there was only one treatment likely to benefit the patient, and that was absolute rest. His removal in an ambulance for a distance of over 60 miles would, I think, aggravate his condition.

One is at a loss to understand why there is not a Military General Hospital at or near where it would appear to be most required, said the Coroner. It does not appear to me to benefit patients by having to transport them from other portions of the State such, a long distancé."

Evidence was given yesterday by Dr Whishaw that he had been treating Lt Hughes from June to August 194 4 for a coronary disease of the heart. When he last saw the patient, he considered his condition hopeless. He was aided in his diagnosis by mechanical aids.

Dr Whishaw said it was his opinion that Dr Winthrope's action in sending the patient to Brighton was reasonable.

Replying to Mr Baker (representing the RSL), he said the RAP orderly's report of acute abdominal pain would indicate to him that thé patient should be admitted to the nearest hospital for observation. In the light of his present knowledge, this meant admittance to the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Dr Camp-bell Duncan, Government pathologist, said had the deceased informed the RAP corporal of his treatment by Dr Whishaw a diagnosis' would have been made easier. Even if the patient had been placed in bed at the Royal Hobart Hospital, his recovery would have been most unlikely, but there was a possibility. The patient could not have lived longer than five years.

Dr Siegmann, recalled, said a cardiograph at Brighton would have assisted him in his diagnosis.


Hughes, Thomas Edward G

Service Number TX2578 Death Date 8/03/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Galala War Cemetery


Pte T. E. G. Hughes, 2/40 Battalion, eldest son of Mr E. Hughes and. late Mrs

Hughes, Elderslie; died of wounds; date unknown

The Mercury 3 Oct 1945


Hughes, Wm Aubrey Burnett

Service NumberTX4570  Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action




Pte T. E. G. Hughes, 2/40 Battalion, eldest son of Mr E. Hughes and. late Mrs Hughes, Elderslie, died of wounds; date unknown




Huntington, Charles Douglas

Service Number TX4039  Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned


Mr and Mrs C. Huntington, Waveney St., Launceston, have received word that their son, Cpl C. W.  (Doug) Huntington, previously reported a prisoner of war, is now reported missing, believed dead. Cpl Huntington was well known in Launceston sporting circles, and was employed at Patons and Baldwins. He leaves a wife and child.

The Mercury 14 Nov1944

See Tamahoko Maru



Hurd, Harold Rupert

Service NumberTX2846  Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action



Pte H. R. Hurd, second son of Mr and Mrs C. L. Hurd, 4 Warwick St., Hobart, who, has been reported killed in action, date unknown; Pte Hurd was with the 2/40th Battalion




Hutchison, Ross Orlando

Service Number 408209 Death Date 31/07/1942

Place of Death India

Cause of Death died of injuries

Burial Maynamata War Cem, Pakistan

Born Wynyard Tasmania to Robert Stephen and Matilda Winifred Hutchison, Flt Sgt Hutchison was working as a bank clerk when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

He was attached to the RAF in India when he contracted malaria.  He died in the 92IGH Comilla on the 31st. July 1943.  Comilla is 200 miles north east of Calcutta. 

Flt Sgt Hutchison is buried in the Maynamati War Cemetery, Bangladesh which is some 7 km south of Comilla.



Hutton, Wallace Kenneth

Service Number 408296 Death Date 20/01/1944

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Berlin War Cemetery

The Mercury 27 Jan 1944


F-Officer W. Hutton

F-Officer Wallace Kenneth Hutton, son of Mr and Mrs Wallace Hutton West Tamar, has been reported missing as a result of air operations over Germany on Jan 21. Advice to this effect was received by his parents yesterday. F-Officer Hutton was pilot of a Lancaster aircraft detailed to attack Magdeburg. Germany, which failed to return to its base.

F-Officer Hutton is aged 23 years, educated at the Launceston Church Grammar School, he obtained his leaving certificate, and was head prefect and captain of the school. Before joining the Air Force he was a bank clerk at Devonport. After leaving school he played football in Launceston with the City Club. As an athlete he was outstanding, and won the last Stawell Gift in 1941.

A fortnight before he went on the flight from which he failed to return F-Officer Hutton married Miss Gay Savage, of Birmingham, a driver in the services.





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