Private MG Sloan, #WX3756, WWII

Mervyn George Sloan, born 22 June 1914 (son of Percy and Grace (nee Hanratty) Sloan), and lived in East Rockingham. He enlisted on 1st June 1940 and was discharged as a Private on 7 April 1945. He was in the 2/28 Australian Infantry Battalion and spent time as a prisoner of war.

Private TV Sloan, #WX516, WWII

Thomas Vernon Sloan’s parents were Percy and Grace (nee Hanretty) Sloan. (Percy’s mother was Emma Sloan, and she was Tom Smirk’s daughter.) Thomas was their eldest son born on 14 February 1912 and lived in East Rockingham. He enlisted on 7 November 1939 and and served in the 2/11 Australian Infantry Battalion.

J.V. Dickinson

John Vincent (Jack) Dickinson, born 27 February 1916, enlisted on 6 December 1940 and served as part of the 2/16 Australian Infantry Battalion in the Middle East and then New Guinea where he was wounded in action with shrapnel in a leg and arm. He was discharged as a Corporal 20 February 1946 and shipped to Victoria where his father (listed as next of kin and originally living in Menzies, Western Australia) had moved in 1942.

Jack then returned to Western Australia and lived in Rockingham after the war.

O. Regehr

Lillian May Bell, born in 1904, married an ethnic German migrant, Otto Regehr, who joined the Australian Imperial Force to fight in World War II. Otto was born on 25 August 1905 in the Free City of Danzig, a semi-autonomous city state that existed between 1920 and 1939. It consisted of the Baltic Sea port of Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland) and nearly 200 towns in the surrounding area primarily inhabited by ethnic Germans, and was created in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles after the end of World War I to be separate from post war Germany and Poland and under League of Nations protection. Otto enlisted on 25 October 1940 with the 2/7 Field Ambulance as a Private.

He had become naturalised and lived in the Rockingham area since 1927. He was killed in action in New Guinea in 1945.

K.M. Cowdell

Kenneth Morton Cowdell, born 30 June 1919, and lived in Fremantle at the time of his enlistment on 25 October 1940. His parents, Arthur and Jessie Cowdell, farmed at Hope Valley. He served in the 2/28 Battalion during the Second World War and was declared missing in action in Italy, later found to have been captured and interned as a prisoner of war in Italy. From there he was transferred to various stalags in Germany before being deployed to Great Britain after being freed by the allied armies. He was discharged as a Private on 2 August 1945.

Jack Hymus

Jack (Wesley John) Hymus embarked from Fremantle on 31 March 1916 and served with the 11th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement. He returned incapacitated having been gassed at the front line and a German doctor working in a French field hospital incorrectly administered a spinal morphia injection. Jack blamed this doctor for deliberate malpractice for the resulting partial paralysis from his waist down. Jack could just drag himself around and his spirit won him much admiration. In February 1928 he was crawling through muddy ground at Lake Richmond to shoot ducks. Unfortunately mud got into the shotgun’s barrel and when Jack fired the gun the barrel blew off the tips of two fingers. He returned painfully to his horse and sulky and drove back to the hotel where a doctor was obtained from a visiting ship in the bay to tend to him. Jack died on 29 August 1932 aged 44 with deteriorating health from his wartime complications, leaving behind a wife and four young children.

Leck Hymus

Leck (Leslie Charles) Hymus born in 1886, died 1952 – parents were Fanny Isabella Bell and Daniel Hymus who married in 1867. After Fanny and Daniel had bought the Port Hotel (built by Roy’s father James Bell) Leck held the licence from 1910 to 1918 because his father had a hearing problem which would not allow him to be the licensee under the regulations at the time. One of Leck’s daily jobs was to fill the water barrel. Leck married Mabel Mary Day (nee Hanretty, George Edward Day’s widow) after the World War I, but there is no evidence that he enlisted.

Roy Bell

Roy (Roi?) Ramsay Bell born 9 May 1889 at Fremantle; His parents were James and Margaret Bell who married in 1847. Roy lived all his life in Rockingham except for his war service in France where he was wounded in combat (embarked from Fremantle 31 March 1916, returned to Australia 9 December 1918). Roy’s good friend was his cousin Leck (Leslie) Hymus; the pair for many years engaged in net fishing. Roy married Leck’s sister Mena. (Leck and Mena’s mother was Roy’s father’s sister). Roy and Mena lived a short distance from his parents in a solid stone house with fruit trees, milking cows and sheds at the rear of the garden. He was known to have a good sense of rhythm being able to accompany music with spoons and bones!

L.R. Day

Lawrence Raymond Day, born 10 May 1915, enlisted on 9 July 1941 and was discharged as a craftsman (as part of the Royal Australian Mechanical and Electrical Engineers) on 15 October 1945 having served in the 2/28 Australian Infantry Battalion in the Second World War.

R.E. Day

Ronald Edmund Day, born 9 August 1911, enlisted on 9 July 1941 and was discharged as a Lance Sergeant 7 January 1946 on having served in the 2/7 Australian Infantry Battalion in the Second World War.

A.A. Lewis

Alfred Allen Lewis, born in Bassendean on 16 October 1918, enlisted on 30 July 1940 and was discharged as a Private on 6 September 1940 at the Melville Training Depot 1.

A.S. Stewards

Charles de San Miguel

Private Charles de San Miguel (1897-1972) enlisted for the First World War with the 28th Australian Infantry Battalion, service no. 5749. He was reported missing and then listed as an intern in Stalag XII in Limburg in August 1917. He was transferred to the Friedrichsfeld Prisoner-of-war Camp a couple of months later. He was repatriated to Dover, England, in December of the following year. (Details provided by the Australian Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau files, 1914-18 war).

Alastair Thomas Robins

Bombardier Robins, born 18 July 1920 in Albany, joined the Australian Army in Claremont on the 19 July 1940. He was discharged from the 2/3 Field Regiment on 25 October 1945. On June 6, 1943, he married Mary Mumford at St. Johnʼs Church, Fremantle, W.A. In the same year they were listed in the Post Office Directory as living at Rockingham Road, South Coogee, W.A. He as a soldier and she as a lodger machinist. Her parents lived nearby. On the 1949 Electoral Roll, he is listed as a butcher living with his wife, Mary, at 98 Hubble Street, Fremantle, W.A. They had, at least, one child. By the 1980 Electoral Roll they had moved to Manjimup, W.A.

Hubert Gollan Robins

Warrant Officer Class 2 Robins, born 15 June 1911 in Beverley, joined the Australian Army in Northam on the 13 July 1940. He was discharged from the 2/7 Field Regiment on 11 October 1945.

Jack Gollan Robins

Private Robins, born 2 September 1909 in York, joined the Australian Army in Rockingham on the 20 May 1940 and was discharged on 2 June 1944 as a signalman with the Signals 9 Australian Division. He then enlisted with the 7 Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps in Perenjori on the 27 July 1944. He was discharged from the 2/7 Field Regiment on 11 October 1945.