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02-January-2015
02-January-2015

Photographs supplied by John Huth
A tree commemorates Flight Sergeant Clifford Hopgood who was killed in action in February 1944 during World War Two. After World War Two, George Colville had asked council for permission to plant the tree and they had supplied the sapling. A white timber and chain fence was constructed around it and the plaque affixed to a post. Years later, when the fence was damaged by a council tractor, a giant granite boulder was brought down from Mt Coot-tha and the plaque attached. 

Flight Sgt Clifford Berger Hopgood, official number 414565 from 460 Squadron RAAF attached to the RAF, was killed on February 24, 1944, aged 28, and buried in the village cemetery at Villers-Sous-Preny, Lorraine, France. A departmental manager, he was born in Toowoomba on August 3, 1915 and lived at 89 Royal Parade, St Johns Wood.

Location

Address:Royal Parade, The Woods Memorial Playground, St Johns Wood, 4060
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.446658
Long: 152.969941
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:24-February-1944
Actual Event End Date:24-February-1944

Dedication

Front Inscription

                  TO THE MEMORY OF
FLT. SGT. CLIFFORD BERGER HOPGOOD
KILLED IN AIR OPERATIONS OVER OCCUPIED EUROPE
                   24th FEB. 1944.

THIS TREE WAS PLANTED BY HIS FRIENDS
           OF ST. JOHNS WOOD

Source: MA
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