John Louden HOOD


HOOD, John Louden

Service Number: VX60097
Enlisted: 23 July 1941, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 39th Infantry Battalion AMF
Born: Taradale, Victoria, Australia, 12 July 1918
Home Town: Taradale, Mount Alexander, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Station hand
Died: Scrub typhus, New Guinea, 2 January 1943, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

23 Jul 1941: Involvement Private, SN VX60097, 39th Infantry Battalion AMF, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
23 Jul 1941: Enlisted Melbourne, Victoria
2 Jan 1943: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN VX60097, 39th Infantry Battalion AMF, Papua New Guinea - Kokoda


Article from Newspaper, Dated 11 Aug 1987.

A memorial to John Louden Hood was erected on Granite Hill, a pastoral property, a few miles from Taradale. At Granite Hill, at 14 years of age, John commenced work as a station hand on the property. He worked there for 7 years before he enlisted. During that period he exhibited skill and dedication in discharging the many and varied tasks allotted him. He had creative talent and used local material to build and adorn. In the evenings after work, John built several protective walls in the Homestead grounds. He quarried granite from a nearby site, converted into building blocks and carried them back to the homestead. These walls stand today (1987), solid and erect. A tribute to his skill and tenacity of purpose. He served as a machine gunner in the 39th. Battalion.

The new owner of Granite Hill researched the history of the property and hearing of John's great work decided to erect a memorial in his honour.

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