Dig­ger to be hon­oured

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Laura Pond

A PLAQUE recog­nis­ing Wan­neroo’s only Korean War par­tic­i­pant is be­ing un­veiled on Satur­day.

Wan­neroo “mil­i­tary buff” Peter Tuck spent two years re­search­ing lo­cal con­nec­tions to the war on be­half of Wan­neroo RSL.

It took “hours and hours” be­fore he dis­cov­ered Pri­vate John Rogers Hall, of Wan­neroo, served in World War II and the Korean War. “It got re­ally frus­trat­ing, you find some­thing then there’s no more in­for­ma­tion on it,” he said.

Mr Hall was in the re­in­force­ment hold­ing unit in Ja­pan be­fore board­ing a ship to Aus­tralia in 1952. The 31-year-old was swept over­board some­where be­tween Ja­pan and Hong Kong but his body was never re­cov­ered.

In Oc­to­ber, Wan­neroo City Coun­cil ap­proved the sub-branch’s ap­pli­ca­tion to in­stall a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque recog­nis­ing Mr Hall at Wan­neroo War Memo­rial, which will be un­veiled at the Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice.

Pres­i­dent Jack Le Cras said it had “been a long process” but the sub­branch be­lieved it was im­por­tant to recog­nise lo­cal ser­vice mem­bers.

Mr Tuck was pleased the hard work had paid off, de­spite find­ing no liv­ing rel­a­tives of Mr Hall.

“I feel great be­cause a lo­cal sol­dier has been recog­nised for what he did,” he said. “It was part of Wan­neroo’s his­tory and the Korean War was the for­got­ten war.”

The Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice is at Memo­rial Park in Wan­neroo, at the cor­ner of Si­na­gra Street and Civic Drive, on Novem­ber 11 from 10.30am.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d475791

Wan­neroo RSL mem­bers Peter Tuck, Jack Le Cras and Jan Huscha with the plaque.

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