Beacon War Memorial
- Beacon War Memorial
Beacon War Memorial Honour Roll (1939-1945) features two sailors, four soldiers and one airman. The Roll has the servicemen listed according to their service, with the Navy being the senior service.
The first sailor is Leslie Joseph Blight. He is the son of Les Blight, farmer and store keeper for many years in Beacon. Leslie Junior was a student before joining the Royal Australian Navy in 1941. He rank was Stoker. His ship was HMAS Nestor. Leslie was killed by a German plane dropping a stick of bombs on the destroyer HMAS Nestor. This was on the 16th June 1942 in the Mediterranean Sea near Greece.
Robert George Goff was the son of Captain George Goff MC. The family was from Dalgouring. Robert’s rank was Leading Stoker. His ship was HMAS Yarra. HMAS Yarra was sunk in the Indian Ocean by a superior force of Japanese war ships. His date of death was 9th March 1942.
Harry Laurence Elkins was born in Margate, England. He farmed in North Marindo, Location 3260. He joined the 2nd/4th Machine Gun Battalion. This was a Western Australian Unit. The 2nd/4th Machine Gun Battalion was in Singapore when it was attacked by the Japanese. The 2nd/ 4th inflicted many casualties on the first assaults by the Japanese. An order came from higher command to surrender. The Japanese were quite brutal to the members of the 2nd/4th due to the casualties it has caused to the initial Japanese Assault. Harry died on 12th August 1943 whilst a prisoner of war of the Japanese. He was survived by his widow Annie Elkins nee Whyte. Annie died in 1995 aged 92 years.
Phillip Geoffrey Hammond was Theo Hammond’s brother. He farmed Location 3043, north of Dalgouring. He joined the Army in Nov 1939. He was in the 2nd/11th Infantry Battalion. He was killed in the island of Crete on the 28th May 1941.
William Henderson came from Lake Hillman (Kalannie) to Marindo. He was born in Scotland in 1905. He farmed Locations 2989 and 3408. With the many that were walking off, William went to Nannup where he worked for Jack Lindsay, a Carrier, as a truck driver. He lived at Mrs Atee’s boarding house Base 10 in Nannup. William was in the 2nd/11th Infantry Battalion. He was captured in North Africa by the Germans. He died whilst a prisoner of war on 7th November 1943. His medals were sent to his next of kin in Scotland in 1953.
Jack Oliver Street had a farm with his father William at Ballidu. After the failure of that farming enterprise, he came to Beacon and worked for Harry Dunne. He joined the Army from Beacon. He was killed by the explosion of a Japanese artillery shell on the Malayan Peninsula on the 5th February 1942
Vernon Halloway Hardwick was the son of Harry Guy Hardwick of Mandiga. Vernon farmed Location 3021, south of Dalgouring. He joined the RAAF in 1940. His rank was Leading Aircraftman. He trained as a Wireless Operator. His unit, 11 Squadron RAAF flew Catalina Flying boats. His plane was engaged in reconnaissance during the Battle of the Coral Sea. On the way back to base in Port Moseby, they were shot down by Japanese fighters. A Japanese Destroyer picked the crew up. The crew was taken to Rabaul were they were beheaded in the Japanese Navy Execution Grounds on the 4th November 1942. Their fate wasn’t discovered until RAAF search parties located the mass grave after the war.
Honour Roll Links:
F3546 Leslie Joseph Blight: BLIGHT, LESLIE JOSEPH
22937 Robert Joseph Goff GOFF, ROBERT JOSEPH
WX7562 Harry Laurence Elkins ELKINS, HARRY LAURENCE
WX818 Phillip Geoffrey Hammond HAMMOND, PHILIP GEOFFREY
WX617 William Henderson HENDERSON, WILLIAM
17635 Vernon Halloway Hardwick HARDWICK, VERNON HOLLOWAY
WX9178 Private Jack Oliver Street, 2/4th MG Battalion STREET, JACK OLIVER
Other Information can be found at:
www.navy.gov.au/Ship_Histories (Navy Ship Histories)
www.naa.gov.au (National Archives of Australia)
www.awm.gov.au (Australian War Memorial)
www.cwgc.org (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)