Hubert Keane HITCHCOCK

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HITCHCOCK, Hubert Keane

Service Number: 2421
Enlisted: 15 February 1916, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: Fremantle, Western Australia, October 1894
Home Town: North Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia
Schooling: Fremantle Public School
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 24 April 1918
Cemetery: Adelaide Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Bickford Young Mens Club HR, North Fremantle Cenotaph, Trinity Church Perth HR
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World War 1 Service

15 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2421, Perth, Western Australia
20 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2421, 51st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Uganda, Fremantle
20 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2421, 51st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2421, 51st Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

"The Late Rev. H. K. Hitchcock

The career of a promising young minister of the Congregational Church was brought to a close when, at the early age of 23, the Rev. Hubert K. Hitchcock made the supreme sacrifice at Villers Bretonneux on the fateful 24th of April last. After undergoing a course of study at the Congregational College of Victoria, this young clergyman was appointed assistant to the Rev. S. H. Cox, of Trinity Church, of which he acted as secretary, and labored with much  acceptance amongst the suburban congregations of Victoria Park, Burwood and Bickford. Responding to the call of duty, he enlisted in February, 1916, and served as a private in the 51st Battalion. He was an especial favorite with the young people, and a touching  tribute was paid to his memory by the teachers and scholars of the Sunday school in connection with the Burswood church at the anniversary service, when an enlarged photo of him, which is hung in the church, was unveiled by the Rev. Lincoln Sullivan, who, in the course of an impressive address, dwelt eloquently upon the self-sacrifice and devotion to duty of the young minister and of the many other heroic young men whose names were inscribed upon the church's roll of honor. The late Pte. Hitchcock was the youngest son of Mr. J. K. Hitchcock, of North Fremantle, and was the second of his sons to fall upon the field of honor." - from the Perth Sunday Times 13 Oct 1918 (nla.gov.au)

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