Edward Cyril Crosby HACKLAND


HACKLAND, Edward Cyril Crosby

Service Number: NX49347
Enlisted: 17 October 1941, Paddington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1904
Home Town: Forest Lodge, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Malaria (POW of Japan), No. 1 Camp, Sandakan, Borneo, 27 January 1945
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia
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World War 2 Service

17 Oct 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX49347, Paddington, New South Wales
27 Jan 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX49347, 2nd/18th Infantry Battalion, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...NX49347 Private Edward Cyril Crosby Hackland (served as C. J. Toohey), 2/18th Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of E Force. The 500 Australian and 500 British POW's who made up E Force, left Changi on 28 March 1943, on board the S.S. DeKlerk arriving at Berhala Island (adjacent to Sandakan Harbour) on 15 April 1943. The POW's were held there until 5 June, when they were taken by barge to Sandakan. The next day they were transferred to the 8 Mile Camp, which was about half a mile from the B Force compound. Private Hackland, aged 38, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 27 January 1945. He was the son of John James Hackland and Johanna Hackland, of Sydney, NSW. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 10..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)


Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Edward Cyril Crosby HACKLANDs birth was registered in 1904 in Sydney although he stated he was born in Melbourne in 1906 in his war records

His parents were John James HACKLAND & Johanna TOOHILL who married in Sydney in 1890

He married Mary Elizabeth SMITH in July, 1925 at Forest Lodge, Sydney and was divorced in 1939