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