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Hubert Keane HITCHCOCK

Regimental number2421
Place of birthFremantle, Western Australia
SchoolFremantle State Public School, Fremantle, Western Australia
Other trainingRes. A.R. Stephenson's School, Box Hill, Victoria, and Congregational College of Victoria.
ReligionCongregational
OccupationClerk
AddressElizabeth Street, North Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Mr Joseph Keane Hitchcock, Elizabeth Street, North Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military service86th Infantry
Enlistment date31 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A66 Uganda on 20 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'He displayed bravery in requesting to be returned of his position of Batman to Lieutenant Roy Mitchell (who was not there in the firing line) in order that he might take part in the Villers-Bretonneux battle of 24th April in which he was killed.' Details from Father.
FateKilled in Action 24 April 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialAdelaide Cemetery (Plot III, Row J, Grave No. 3), Villers-Bretonneux, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
153
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Trinity Uniting (formerly Congregational) Church, Perth, Western Australia. Memorial consists of two arched stained glass windows (inscription left: 'I will not fail thee nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage'; inscription right: 'I have fought the good fight. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.' Centred beneath the windows is a small brass plaque: 'World's War. Commenced 4th August 1914. Armistice signed 11th November 1918. Peace signed 28th June 1919. In the cause of truth combined for the freedom of mankind.' Beneath the windows and flanking the plaque left and right are two larger brass plaques bearing the names of members of the parish who served in the war. Those who died are marked with an asterisk and the words 'These died for us'. Parents: Joseph and Sarah HITCHCOCK, Elizabeth Street, North Fremantle, Western Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3359 Pte C.A. Hitchcock was killed in action near Armentieres on 28 May 1916; Cousin: Lieut J.B. Minchin DSO MC (returned).
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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