The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Rochester
First Name:
John
Nick Name:
Jack
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX10808
Company:
‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
Enlisted:
15.01.1941
DOB:
1.08.1905
Place of Birth:
England
Father's Name:
Edward Anderson Rochester
Mothers's Name:
Jane Rochester (nee Telfer)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmer
Memorial:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 36.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
South-West Bukit Timah
Date of Death:
11.02.1942

General Description

This soldier was at Woodside Camp South Australia when he contracted meningitis and was returned to Western Australia on 25.11.1941. He was transferred to the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion reinforcements on 9.1.1942. Soldier was originally a member of ‘A’ Company No. 6 Platoon.

 

 

John (known as Jack) Rochester sailed to Fremantle from London on ‘Esperance Bay‘ on 14 June 1927.  He was 21 years old, and his occupation recorded as farm labourer.

Jack had one brother and possibly 2 sisters.  He recorded his sister Mary as his NOK on his enlistment records.    In the 1911 English Census his mother Jane (nee Telfer) was widowed, farmer, living at Morpheth, Northumberland, with 2 employees and 3 young children to care for.

In the Western Australian Electoral Rolls for 1931, 1936, 1937 up to 1943 Jack was recorded as farmer residing at Burracoppin South.

Burracoppin is also the site of the first Rabbit Proof Fence No. 1 which began construction in 1901.  The town became the central depot for the fence which extended north to Port Hedland and south to Esperance.   East of Merredin, Burracoppin in also on the railway line Perth-Kalgoorlie.

 

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