Hatsell Glenn GARRARD MID


GARRARD, Hatsell Glenn

Service Number: VX24726
Enlisted: 17 June 1940, Caulfield, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Perth, Western Australia, 4 January 1918
Home Town: Prahran, Stonnington, Victoria
Schooling: Yeronga State School & Melbourne C of E Grammar School
Occupation: Furniture designer
Died: Executed (Pow Of Japan), Killed In Action, Rabaul, Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea, 4 February 1942, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Rabaul Memorial, Rabaul, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Rabaul Memorial
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World War 2 Service

17 Jun 1940: Enlisted Sergeant, SN VX24726, 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion, Caulfield, Victoria
17 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN VX24726, 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
18 Apr 1941: Embarked Sergeant, SN VX24726, 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion, left Sydney on Transport ship Zealandia
4 Feb 1942: Involvement Lieutenant, SN VX24726, 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
4 Jul 1946: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, For services rendered while a POW in Japanese hands

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Hatsell Glenn GARRARD was born in Perth, Western Australia on 4th January, 1918

His parents were Hatsell Mellersh Albert GARRARD and Emilie Alexandrina GLENN who married in St Marys Church, WA on 23rd July, 1914

After he left school he entered the furniture trade and became a furniture designer.

He first enlisted in Victoria on 1st July 1936 with the 6th Battalion - Service No.  SN294895

promoted to Corporal on 16th March, 1937

promoted to Lance Sergeant 10th January, 1939

promoted to Sergeant 18th December, 1939

He was discharged on 10th June, 1940


He re-enlisted on 17th June 1940 in Caulfield, Victoria and was with the 2/22nd Infantry Battalion prior to its being posted in March, 1941 to form a garrison at Rabaul on the Island of New Britain, New Guinea.  The Unit was named named Lark Force had orders to protect the airfield & seaplane anchorage at Rabaul

Japanese forces commenced bombing raids on Rabaul in January 1942, followed by a full scale invasion.  Lark Force was unable to withstand the Japanese invasion which commenced on 23rd January and Rabaul fell to the Japanese soon after

Lieutenant Hatsell Glenn Garrard was taken prisoner of war with other soldiers and was executed by the Japanese on 4th February, 1942

Further details of his promotions from Sergeant in 1940 to Lieutenant are not known at present

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial, the Rabaul Memorial and the Prisoner of War Memorial in Ballarat, Victoria