AUSTRALIA AND THE SOUTH-WEST PACIFIC THEATRE
Plaque No 84:
Pilot Officer Godfrey Edward ('Goggie') Turner
Hale School 1931-1932
25 Squadron RAAF
Goggie attended Hale School in 1931 and 1932 from South Perth. He represented the School in athletics and football. After leaving Hale he joined Elder Smiths as a stud/stock agent and when war broke out he joined the Royal Australian Air Force to train as a pilot.
He was killed 31 January 1941 while on a night flying exercise at 'Archerfield' aerodrome in Queensland. He was 23 years of age.
Placed by close School friend, Haleian Mr Owen Burges, himself a member of Air Crew during World War II.
Squadron Leader Roy Cecil Phillipps MC DFC
Entered Hale School 1906
He became an accountant in Fremantle and then travelled to the Kimberleys to work as a jackeroo/bookkeeper on a station.
On the outbreak of WWI he joined the 28th Infantry Battalion and then served with them on Gallipoli and then in France. He received a severe leg wound at Fleurs but instead of being repatriated home he transferred to No 68 Squadron of the infant Australian Flying Corps as part of the ground crew establishment.
He learned to fly and went solo after only one hour forty-five minutes in a Maurice Farman bi-plane.
He became a 'fighting scout' pilot and ended the war as the 2nd highest scoring 'ace' in No 2 Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps with several MCs and a DFC.
When World War II broke out he was appointed Squadron Leader Officer Command No 2 Empire Flight Training Scheme at Archerfield in Brisbane. He was killed in a flying accident on 21st May, 1941
Placed by his Old Haleian nephew, Mr Tony Lloyd
Plaque No 86:
O/S Neville Owen Chapman
Hale School 1936-1937
Neville Owen Chapman lived in Nedlands and attended Hale School in 1936 and 1937. He was described as being an average student, but with great ability in art and drawing.
Upon the outbreak of war he joined the Royal Australian Navy in late 1940 and in August, 1941 was posted to HMAS ‘Sydney’.
He was serving in the Sydney on 20th November of that year, during the fatal engagement with the German raider, HSK ‘Kormoran’ off the coast of Western Australia near Geraldton and was one of those 644 sailors who were lost. He was 19 years of age.
Plaque No 87:S
Lt James Irvine Clifton
Hale School 1930-1932
Jim Clifton (sometimes known as "Scut") lived in Subiaco and attended Hale School between 1930 and 1932. He was described on his School report as being poor at sports but of fine character.
Upon leaving school he joined the staff of the Bank of Adelaide in Fremantle and studied to become an accountant, eventually being admitted to the Commonwealth Institute of Accountants in 1936.
He was a member of the Old Haleian's hockey club, sailed at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and was a member of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve.
Upon the outbreak of war he was posted to H.M.A.S. 'Cerberus' in September 1939. He saw service in Singapore and then was posted to H.M.A.S. ' Sydney ' in June 1941.
He was serving in the Sydney on 11th November of that year, during the fatal engagement with the German raider, Kormoran off the coast of Western Australia near Geraldton and was one of those 647 sailors who were lost. He was 25 years of age.
Placed by his brother, Mr Doug Clifton, who also served on the Sydney but who was fortunate enough to be drafted onto a course at Flinders naval depot before the fatal action, assisted by his daughter, and niece of Jim and Steve, Mrs Mary Pfister.
Plaque No 88:
Lt C. M. (Steve) Clifton m.i.d.
Hale School 1925-1927
2/16th & 2/27th Battalions
Steve was Jim Clifton's elder brother. He attended Hale School from 1925 to 1927 and then qualified as a chartered accountant in 1935. He was a keen yachtsman, competed in the King's Prize for rifle shooting and was a member of the Australian militia forces before the war.
In 1940 he enlisted in the Western Australian 2/16th Battalion and served in the Middle Eastern Theatre from late 1940 to early 1942. When the unit returned to Australia he was one of those who fought and helped turn back the Japanese forces along the Kokoda Track in New Guinea during the August and September of 1942, after which he was awarded a Mentioned in Despatches.
He was then commissioned, transferred to the South Australian 2/27th Battalion and was killed in action on Bougainville Island just weeks before the war ended in August, 1945. He was 32 years of age.
Placed his brother, Mr Doug Clifton, assisted by his daughter, and niece of Jim and Steve, Mrs Mary Pfister.
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.
Plaque No 90:
Lieut. Geoffrey Alan Raphael
Hale School 1925-1934
2/4th Machine Gun Battalion
Geoffrey attended Hale School between 1925 and 1934 from West Perth. He was a prefect and took part in rowing, cricket, football and boxing; he was also active in debating and drama.
After leaving School he eventually joined his father’s firm but continued with his great interest in photography. Before the war he joined the militia 28th Battalion and was commissioned while serving with that unit.
Eventually he joined the 2/4th Machine Gunners and arrived in Singapore on the day that the city fell to the Japanese. The next day he was detailed into a work party by his captors and upon finishing the work he and his men were summarily executed. Geoffrey was 25 years of age.
After the war Geoffrey’s family donated a trophy to the School in his memory. Initially it was awarded for photography but in latter years it has been awarded to the Hale student who has made the most valuable contribution to the chess fraternity in the School – The Geoffrey Raphael Prize for Chess.
Placed by sister, Mrs Audrey van Hattem.
Plaque No 91:
Aubyn W.J. Dimmitt
Hale School 1929-1932
Aubyn attended Hale School between 1929 and 1932 and was a prefect in his final year. He then attended the University of Western Australia and graduated as an engineer at the end of 1938. Subsequently he was transferred to Singapore around 1940 and from there was seconded into the British Admiralty after the outbreak of hostilities in the region.
He was evacuated from Singapore in February 1942 but the ship in which he was sailing was sunk the next day. He managed to join other survivors but after some weeks of swimming and canoeing from island to island he perished on an unknown island in the South China Sea. He was 28 years of age.
Placed by his brother, Mr Richard Dimmitt, assisted by his sons Aubyn and Simon.
Plaque No 92:
Surgeon Cmdr Eric Mortimer Tymms DSC
Entered Hale School 1915
Eric was born in Rockhampton, Queensland but was enrolled at Hale School as a ten year old in 1915. His father conducted a medical practice in West Perth. After leaving Hale School in 1924, he moved interstate to study medicine. He began service with the Royal Australian Naval Reserve in 1935.
Eric joined the complement of the cruiser, HMAS Perth in 1940 and was subsequently awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for his work during the Crete campaign in the Mediterranean Sea in 1941.
The Perth returned to the Australian region and Eric was killed when the ship was sunk during the Battle of the Sunda Straits (Indonesia) on 1 March 1942. He was 37 years of age
Placed by Mr Arthur Bancroft, a Hale School grandparent, representing the HMAS Perth Survivors’ Association.
Plaque No 93:
Fl. Off Lynton Bennell Howard Birt
Hale School 1931-1933)
No 4 Secondary Flight Training School, RAAF
Lynton Birt attended Hale School between 1931 and 1933 from Subiaco. At School he played cricket and football and in his reports is described as being an 'above average' student. After leaving School he worked in the English, Scottish and Australian bank and played on a wing for the Old Haleians Hockey Club.
On the outbreak of war he joined the Royal Australian Air Force and eventually qualified as a navigator. He was killed on 9 October 1942 when an Avro Anson aircraft crashed at Clackline, near Northam, on a flight from Cunderdin to Pearce air force base. He was 25 years of age.
Placed by Haleian, Selwyn Clark DFC, a Royal Australian Air Force fighter pilot during World War II
Plaque No 94:
L.A.C. George Henry Le Mercier
Hale School 1926-1929
George attended Hale School between 1926 and 1929 as a boarder from Dwellingup. He was well known as a very good rifle shot.
He joined the Royal Australian Air Force during the war and travelled to the Eastern States for further training. He died on active service at Concord, New South Wales in April, 1942. He was 26 years of age.
Placed by Hale grandparent, Mr Don Meredith, a pilot with the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II.
Plaque No 95:
P/O William Bowe (Bill) Stubbs
Hale School 1930-1932
Pilot - No 2 Wireless Operator/Air-gunnery School
Bill was a boarder from a farming family at Kondinin and attended Hale School between 1930 and 1932. He was an outstanding sportsman being in the 1st XI for two years and was full forward in the 1st XVIII.
In the middle of 1941 he joined the RAAF and eventually completed his pilot training at Cunderdin and at Geraldton. He was then posted to a flight training school at Forbes in NSW. He was one of the high percentage of volunteers who lost his life in a training accident with a student pilot when wartime procedures were necessarily hurried and somewhat perfunctory. He was 25 years of age. His wife gave birth to their son sometime after his death.
Placed by Mr Bruce West of East Fremantle.
Plaque No 96:
Aircraftsman Ivan Fred Buhler
Hale School 1920-1926
No 9 Empire Flight Training School, RAAF
Ivan attended Hale School from 1920 to 1926. Upon leaving he joined his father's music business.
He was another who lost his life under unfortunate circumstances during the course of the war - he in fact died of inoculation paralysis shortly after his service had begun.
Placed by the then retiring Deputy Headmaster of Hale School, Mr Roy Kelley.
Plaque No 97:
Sgt David Kirk Godfrey
Hale School 1929-1938)
6 Squadron RAAF
David attended Hale School between 1929 and 1938. Though suffering severely from asthma he was in the Athletics team and a member of the 1st XVIII.
Upon leaving school he trained in a Kalgoorlie iron foundry before joining the RAAF where he qualified as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. He was a member of a No. 6 Squadron Hudson bomber aircraft crew which sank a Japanese submarine off the New South Wales coast on 6 June 1942.
He was classified Missing in Action near Milne Bay, New Guinea on 25 August 1942 while his squadron aircraft were operating against Japanese naval forces active in the waters of the Coral Sea, between New Guinea and the mainland of Australia. He was 22 years of age.
Placed by a friend of the Godfrey family, Haleian Dr Ken Tregonning, a former member of the Royal Australian Air Force in World War II
Plaque No 98:
Pte John C. Lee Steere
Entered Hale School 1925
John entered Hale School in February 1925 as a boarder from Boyup Brook. His nickname was "Jiggles".
After returning to the family farm "Jayes" for a time he joined the Western Australian 2/16th Infantry Battalion in 1941 and went with them to New Guinea in August 1942 to help defend the Kokoda Track against the Japanese drive towards Port Morseby.
He was killed in action on 30 August 1942 at Abuari, on the right flank of the four day Battle of Isurava which was to prove so crucial in halting the Japanese advance. He was 28 years of age.
Laid by his cousin and nephew, Mr Wilfred Lee Steere, who still farms on the family property at Boyup Brook.
Plaque No 99:
Driver Forrest Lee Steere
Entered Hale School 1924
2/4 Machine Gun Battalion
Forrest entered Hale School as a boarder from "Greenfield", Boyup Brook in 1924. He returned to the farm and then joined the 2/4th Machine-Gunners on 10th August 1940. He travelled with his unit to Singapore and was with them at the surrender to the Japanese forces on 15 February 1942.
For 15 months he languished in Changi Gaol as a prisoner-of-war until he was moved to work on the infamous Thai-Burma railway in April 1943. While there he contracted cholera, rallied but then died several days later on 3 October 1943, too weak from overwork and malnutrition to fully recover. He was 36 years of age.
Placed by his cousin and nephew, Mr Wilfred Lee Steere, who still farms on the family property at Boyup Brook.
Plaque No 100:
Lieut. Ernest William (Bill) Grigg
Hale School 1932-1934
Bill attended Hale School from Darlington between 1932 and 1934. He rowed with the first crew in his final year at school.
He took up architecture in Perth and after war broke out joined the Western Australian 2/16th Battalion in 1940. He travelled with them to the Middle East and while there was commissioned and served as an intelligence officer during the Syrian Campaign. After the 2/16th battalion returned to Australia, he travelled with them to New Guinea and fought right through the defence of the Kokoda Track campaign until they were finally pulled out of the line in the middle of September.
The battalion was then moved to the rear to re-fit and take on re-inforcements preparatory to being inserted back into the frontline. He was accidentally killed by a falling tree at the Sogeri encampment on 24 October 1942. He was 25 years of age.
Placed by his brother, Haleian Mr Peter Grigg, assisted by his cousin, Mr Keith Norrish, also a veteran of the Kokoda Track campaign and then the President of the 2/16th Battalion Association.
Plaque No 101:
Lieut. Charles Montague White
Hale School 1930-32
Charlie’s father was killed before he was born during World War I. His mother ran a boarding house in West Perth and managed to send her son to Hale School where he was the Junior Dux in 1932. He subsequently joined the Commonwealth Bank and remained involved with the Hale Old Boys Hockey Club until the outbreak of war.
Along with a number of Haleian contemporaries, he joined the 2/16th Infantry Battalion and subsequently served with them through the Syrian campaign in the Middle East during 1941. He was then commissioned and served with the battalion during the Kokoda Track campaign of August and September, 1942.
When the battalion was re-inserted back into action in December, he was wounded while on a night patrol near Gona Village. While he was being brought back in for treatment he was hit again and was killed. He was 25 years of age.
Placed by Mr Pel Williams, a close friend of Charlie's before the war and during the actions in which the 2/16th Battalion were involved.
Plaque No 102:
Sgt Peter Duce
Hale School 1927-1931)
Peter attended Hale School as a boarder from Boyanup between 1927 and 1931. He was a left arm opening bowler for the 1st XI. He returned to the family farm after leaving school and excelled at both cricket and horsemanship in the local district - he was a member of the 10th Light Horse regiment in Bunbury in the 1930s.
On the outbreak of war, he joined the 2/16th Infantry Battalion and subsequently served with the unit in Syria. Later he survived the Kokoda Track campaign where he was wounded in action.
In November he re-joined his unit and was with them when they made attacks on Japanese positions at Gona Village beginning in late November 1942. Sergeant Peter Duce took part in the final attack against the entrenched Japanese on the 8 December. He was killed in action in the early afternoon of that day. He was 28 years of age.
In his memory the Duce family, in 1964, financed and help build the scoreboard which still stands on the boundary of Craig Oval to this day. A plaque to his memory has been placed there.
Placed by his nephews, Haleians Marcus and Peter Duce of Boyanup
Plaque No 103:
Pte Douglas Norman Russell
Hale School 1926-1931)
2/4th Machine Gun Battalion
Doug Russell, or "Rusty", attended Hale School from Claremont between 1926 and 1931. He represented the school in the 1st XI, swimming and in the 1st XVIII. After leaving school he joined the Commonwealth Bank and was also in the Citizen's Military Forces at Claremont, training with the machine-gun company.
He enlisted in late 1940 to join the 2/4th Machine-Gun Battalion. He left Australia in January 1942 to serve in Malaya and was captured by the Japanese when Singapore fell on 15 February.
He was eventually sent to work on the Burma-Thailand railway and died there of disease and malnutrition in January 1943. He was 29 years of age.
Dedicated and placed by Haleian Mr Doug Rowe, son of 'Rusty' Russell's best friend at School, Mr Jack Rowe.
Jack was Captain of Hale School in 1931 and donated Pte Russell's plaque in memory of his close friend.
Plaque No 104:
Desmond Noel Kennedy Smith
Hale School 1936-1937
Desmond attended Hale School in 1936 and 1937. His report records that he had average ability but good application.
His father was Area Manager of the State gold-crushing batteries in the Eastern Goldfields and when he left School he returned to the region and worked for the Commonwealth Bank in Kalgoorlie.
He joined the army in 1941 and subsequently trained as a commando, finally serving with the 2nd/5th Independent Company behind enemy lines in New Guinea. He was killed near Wau, Papua New Guinea on the 27 January 1943. He was 21 years of age.
Placed by his brother, Old Haleian Mr Geoff Smith, who also served with the Royal Navy during the war and who travelled from Victoria to be present at the dedication ceremony.
Plaque No 105:
Athol Claud Kennedy Smith
Hale School 1929-1931
Athol attended Hale School from 1929 to 1931 as a boarder. He had an outstanding scholastic record and was usually the top of his class each year, though it is recorded that he was not particularly good at sport.
On leaving School he joined the AMP Society and pursued actuarial studies, which eventually took him to Sydney and then to London. At the outbreak of war he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and subsequently served on the HMS Stork in the North Sea before being transferred to HMS Fairmiles at Falmouth in the south of England. He was appointed liaison officer of the flotilla but while on exercises with the Royal Air Force he was involved in a plane crash over the Bristol Channel and lost his life on 7 October 1941. He was 25 years of age.
The Headmaster's chair was donated to the School after the war by the Smith family in memory of their two boys. It has now graced our School assemblies for over 50 years.
Placed by brother, Mr Geoff Smith.
Plaque No 106:
George Alexander Bremner
Entered Hale School 1918
George came from a farming family in Beverley. He entered Hale School in 1918 when the boarders were still using the old Pensioner Guards' hospital in George Street, West Perth. After leaving school he took up farming with his brother at Corrigin. He later married Elizabeth Bussell, a member of the early Western Australian pioneering family.
After the outbreak of war, He joined the army in 1942 and served with the 2/16th Battalion in the Middle Eastern theatre of operations. After returning to Australia with his unit early in 1942, he and his contemporaries were sent to fight the Japanese along the Kokoda Track in August and September of that year.
He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was transferred to the 2/5th Infantry Battalion and while serving with them in New Guinea he died of wounds on the 15 February, 1943. He was 40 years of age.
Placed by his Haleian nephew, Mr Peter Bremner of Beverley.
Plaque No 107:
Arthur Amos Murray Brazier
Arthur was from a farming family and was a boarder from Kirup in the South-West. He entered Hale School in 1919 as a 13 year old.
On the outbreak of war, he joined the 2/4th Machine-Gun Battalion and was eventually posted to Singapore. He was a made a prisoner-of-war when Singapore fell on15 February 1942, spent some months in Changi prison and then was sent north to work in the Burma-Thai railway line later in the year.
He died in March 1943 as a result of malnutrition, disease and mistreatment by his captors. He was 36 years of age.
The Hale School museum has procured a small length of the Burma-Thai railway line and on it, together with two other Haleians who met a similar fate, Arthur's name is inscribed.
Placed by Mr Jim Elliot, representing the 2/4th Machine-Gun Battalion Association
Plaque No 108:
Arthur Lindsay Forsyth
Entered Hale School 1918
Arthur lived in Mount Lawley and entered Hale School as a fifteen year old in 1918. On leaving school he worked as an accountant before joining the Western Australian 2/28th Battalion in 1942.
He was posted to the New Guinea theatre of operations and was appointed the batman to Haleian Colonel Hugh Norman, the commanding officer of the battalion at the time. He lost his life crossing the Busu River in the assault on Lae against Japanese forces on the 9 September 1943. He was 41 years of age.
Placed by his sons, The Reverend Alan Forsyth and the Reverend Dr John Forsyth.
Plaque No 109:
Donald Gordon Taylor
Entered Hale School 1930
Don entered Hale School from Fremantle as a 13 year old in 1930. His report notes that he had both good scholastic application and ability and that he was also good at games. After leaving school he trained as an accountant and on the outbreak of war he joined the Royal Australian Air Force and trained as a pilot.
While serving with Number 31 Squadron, flying Beaufighter aircraft, he was killed at Millingimbi in the Northern Territory on the 25 September, 1943. He was 26 years of age.
Placed by his daughter, Mrs Karen Crellin.
Plaque No 110:
Eric Maurice Connor
Entered Hale School 1936
Eric entered Hale School in 1936 from Northam. He was listed as an excellent boxer, was in the 1st XVIII football team and his report describes him as having the makings of a fine type of young man. He joined a bank after leaving school and, upon the outbreak of war he joined the Western Australian 2/28th Infantry Battalion and was posted to the Middle East with them.
After service in the North African campaigns, he completed an officer's training school in Cairo before being transferred to the 2/43rd Infantry Battalion back in Australia. He was serving as a platoon commander with that unit when he was killed in the push toward Lae, against Japanese forces, in September 1943. He was 23 years of age.
Placed by his sister-in-law, Mrs Billie Connor.
Plaque No 111:
Charles E. Zeck
Entered Hale School 1930-1933
Charles entered Hale School from Mount Lawley as a 13 year-old in 1930. After leaving in 1933 he began training in accountancy and business management but eventually took over the family hairdressing business in Perth.
He joined the 2/43rd Infantry Battalion, saw service in the Middle East in North Africa and subsequently went with his unit to Papua New Guinea. He was killed in action near Lae in New Guinea on the 3 October 1943. He was 38 years of age.
Placed by his daughter, Jill
Plaque No 112:
Leonard D. Oliver
Hale School 1923-1929
Leonard attended Hale School from Claremont between 1923 and 1929. He was the second of five sons and a daughter in the prominent sporting family of Bert and Gwenevieve Oliver, who ran a tailoring business in Perth. Like his brother, Olympian, Percy Oliver, Len was a keen swimmer and specialised in breaststroke at school, club and state championship level.
Upon leaving school, he worked for the shipping division of Dalgetys, was a member of the North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club, played football for Claremont and East Perth and sailed the 16 foot skiff, "Joyous" at the Royal Freshwater Bay and Mounts Bay Yacht Clubs.
He married Madge Dix in 1939 and the couple had a son before Len joined the Western Australian 2/28th Infantry Battalion after war broke out.
He served in the Middle East with his unit and, after promotion to sergeant, was transferred to New Guinea. He was killed in action at Finsschaffen on the 20 October 1943. He was 30 years of age.
Placed by his brother, Haleian Mr Percy Oliver, assisted by his nephew, Mr Frank Oliver
Plaque No 113:
William Keith ('Bob') Millard
Entered Hale School 1936)
Bob was born in 1921 and entered Hale School in 1936. While at School he was an accomplished tennis player and a rower. After leaving he joined the National Bank and was eventually transferred to Bunbury. It was from here that he joined the 2nd AIF and travelled to the Middle East to serve with the Western Australian 2/28th Infantry Battalion.
He returned to Australia with that unit early in 1943 and was with them when they were sent to serve in Northern New Guinea later in that year.
On a patrol in the Finschaffen area of operations early in December 1943, Bob Millard's group was ambushed by Japanese troops and he was severely wounded. His mates eventually extricated him and managed to deliver him to an aid post for treatment. He died of wounds, however, on 7 December 1943. He was 22 years of age.
Placed by his brother-in-law, Haleian Athol Stone, a good friend at school Hew Mellor and by the then President of the 2/28th Infantry Battalion Association of Western Australia, Haleian Mr Peter Salmon.
Plaque No 114:
Gwynne Caleb Harris m.i.d.
Hale School 1926-1933
Gwynne attended Hale School from 1926 to 1933 from Guildford. At school he was a member of the Head of the River crew and, was a fine athlete. In 1934 he won the 880 yards Hale School championship.
After leaving school he became a District Patrol Officer in New Guinea and when war broke out he was commissioned into the Special Intelligence Service and began the highly dangerous task of operating behind Japanese lines in the jungle.
For his part in the evacuation of hundreds of troops and civilians from Rabaul early in 1942, he was awarded a Mentioned-in-Despatches citation for his commendable efforts during a difficult time.
For a year longer he operated in highly dangerous positions until he was finally withdrawn, despite his protests.
Eventually he was selected to lead a reconnaissance of the Hollandia region in New Guinea in March 1944, as a prelude to an Allied invasion. The presence of the party was quickly detected by the enemy and they were attacked on the following morning. Captain Harris led his men with great courage in the ensuing action but, after a day, they were overwhelmed and captured. As a mark of respect to a gallant foe, the Japanese executed Gwynne and his fellow officer.
Placed by Vietnam veteran, Mr Chris Brooks, a representative of the Highgate branch of the Returned Services League, the organization who have been so helpful in the supply of Hale's memorial plaques.
Plaque No 115:
Ross Nicholas George Zimbulis
Ross attended Hale School in the 1930s and when war broke out he joined the Royal Australian Air Force and trained for aircrew through the Empire Air Training Scheme.
He was posted to Bairnsdale in Victoria, an airfield that tragically provided many difficulties for aircrew during the war. Ross died on active service there on the 4 April 1944.
Placed by former Hale School headmaster and Royal Australian Air Force pilot, Dr Ken Tregonning, who also spent some time at Bairnsdale during the war before being posted to England for further duties.
Matthew Ronald Wilson
Hale School 1917-1926
Ron was the son of Hale School Headmaster, Mathew Wilson. He attended Hale School from 1917 to 1926 and in his final year was a prefect, was a fine footballer and cricketer and represented the School as a long jumper, hurdler and high jumper in the Inters athletics programme.
He eventually joined the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion after the outbreak of the war and, after training, was sent to Singapore. He was taken captive when that city fell - and, after a time in Changi Prison, he was sent as part of a work party, "E" Force, to Borneo in 1943.
He died at Sandakan, North Borneo of malaria and meningitis on Christmas Day 1944. He was 35 years of age.
Placed by his nephew, Mr Jim McManus.
Plaque No 117:
Sydney Campbell (Sam) Clarke
Hale School 1928-1929
Sam attended Hale School from Nedlands in 1928 and 1929, with his twin brothers Colin and Ken. He was a capable scholar and an outstanding sportsman at school and represented the state as a schoolboy footballer.
After leaving school he won the state senior high jump championship in 1932 and then joined the Claremont Football Club and was the first player ever to win the Sandover Medal in his first year playing league football, 1933 - he followed by winning the medal in the following year as well. He was to represent the state in football from 1934 to 1939.
After the outbreak of the war he joined the Royal Australian Air Force and trained as a pilot. Eventually he was transferred to No 8 Squadron to fly Beaufort bombers from Aitape in Northern New Guinea, against Japanese targets further northward.
He and his crew were posted missing on their first operational flight against Japanese targets further northward. It is believed the aircraft was caught in a heavy tropical storm. Neither the crew nor the aircraft have ever been found.
Laid by his Haleian brother, Mr Ken Clarke, himself a Beaufort pilot during the Second World War.
Plaque No 118:
John Knox Thomson
Hale School 1937-1939
John attended Hale School between 1937 and 1939 from Lake Mears, near Dangin.
He joined the Royal Australian Air Force after the outbreak of the war and was eventually posted to No 20 Squadron, a unit which was to operate Catalina aircraft on long-range operations out of Darwin.
He lost his life on 28 January 1945.
Laid by Mr Tom Hoar, a former Deputy Headmaster of Hale School and himself a navigator with No 43 Squadron which operated Catalina aircraft out of Doctor's Gully in the port of Darwin during the war.
Plaque No 119:
John Irwin Vetter
John attended Hale School from South Perth between 1930 and 1936. His school report lists him as having average ability, having a poor attitude and being only fair at games.
After the outbreak of war, he joined the Royal Australian Air Force and trained as a flight mechanic. He was eventually posted to No 11 Squadron which operated Catalina flying boats on the long range patrols into enemy held territory to the north of Australia.
On one such operation the aircraft was forced down by Japanese aircraft. The crew were held in a native hut on the island of Ambon. While there they managed to carve their names and details into the roof timbers and they remained undiscovered by their captors until later in the war.
He and his fellow crew members, though prisoners-of-war, were executed at Ambon on the 6 February 1945. John was 24 years of age.
Today the John Vetter Memorial Prize is awarded annually to the Year 11 boy at Hale School who shows noteworthy application in both his studies and extra-curricular activities.
Placed by his boyhood friend, Haleian Hew Mellor.
Plaque No 120:
Flt Sgt David Julius Irwin (Jock) MacCleod
Hale School 1938-1939
Died on Active Service: Rosedale, Victoria - 24 February 1945, aged 22
Jock attended Hale School from Kalamunda in 1938 and 1939. After leaving school he studied law at the University of Western Australia while a resident at St George's College.
He joined the Royal Australian Air Force on 8 May 1943 and after qualifying as a pilot he was posted to the General Reconnaissance School at Rosedale in Victoria.
He was killed in a training flight on 24 February 1945. He was 22 years of age.
Dedicated by Hale School
Placed by Mr Tom Hoar, a former Deputy Headmaster of Hale School.
Mr Hoar also served in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II and was also, like Jock MacCleod, a resident at St George's College while studying at the University of WA.
Plaque No 121:
Charles Ian Cox
Hale School 1937-1938)
Charles attended Hale School from Katanning in 1937 and 1938. His school records describe his ability as good, with excellent application. Upon leaving school he joined the staff of the Commonwealth Bank and after the outbreak of war he joined the Royal Australian Air Force and trained as a pilot.
Subsequently he was posted to 35 Transport Squadron and then later into 200 Flight of the air force, which was associated with the highly secret operations of "Z" Force Special Unit which operated behind enemy lines to the north of Australia.
He was posted as 'Missing in Action' on 25 March 1945 when the Liberator bomber aircraft he was flying disappeared while on an operational flight supporting "Z" Force operations.
Today his name is on the "Z" Force memorial on Garden Island and also on the Labuan memorial in Borneo.
Laid by his brother, Haleian Dr Fred Cox.
Plaque No 122:
Frank Richard Noble
Entered Hale School 1934
Frank entered Hale School in 1934 from Crawley.
After the outbreak of the war he joined the 2/4th Machine-Gun Battalion in November 1940 and after training at Northam was sent with his unit to Adelaide and then to Darwin. The battalion eventually reached Singapore on 24 January 1942, as the Allied forces were rapidly retreating before the Japanese advance. Singapore was surrendered by the Allies several weeks later.
After some months in Changi, he was taken to North Borneo as a member of the "E" Force prisoner-of-war labour contingent working around Sandakan.
As the war drew to a close the Japanese began a series of force-marches from Sandakan to Ranau. Prisoners, suffering from disease and malnutrition, had to walk 200 kilometres through inhospitable, tropical terrain across the mountains to Ranau. Only six men, of the 2,500 prisoners who were forced to participate, lived to tell the tale. One of those who perished was Frank Noble. He died on 24 May 1945. He was 24 years of age.
Today the Frank Noble Systems Workshop, part of the Hale School Peter Wright Technology Centre at Hale School, has been dedicated to the memory of Frank by his family.
Laid by his nephew, Haleian Mr Michael Gregg.
. . . to the Korean War Plaques