The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Dudley Athelstan
- Regimental #:
- ‘D' Company
- Place of Birth:
- Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- John Henry Annear
- Mothers's Name:
- Ada Eva Frances Anne Annear
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Epitah, Singapore Memorial, Column 135, Age 31.
- Cause of Death:
- Died of Wounds
- Place of Death:
- Johore Straits, Singapore
- Date of Death:
Dudley was the youngest son of John Henry Annear and Ada Eva Frances Anne Chapple of Kalgoorlie. John Annear was born in Ballarat and moved to Kalgoorlie and the Chapple family lived in Kalgoorlie. They married in 1903 and lived in Broad Arrow Road, Kalgoorlie during the years their children were born.
Dudley Annear is younger brother to ‘Win’ Annear. Win succeeded in escaping Singapore to Sumatra where he became a POW following a few months surviving in the jungle. Dudley died of wounds received during his attempt to leave Singapore.
From West Australian Death Notices.
‘BELL – ANNEAR – In memory of two of our Mates, Bell and Dudley of Don Company, 2/4th M.G. Battalion, killed in action February 14 1942. Inserted by Blue Semple and Cliff Webb.’
From Kalgoorlie Miner Tuesday 5th February, 1945
ANNEAR – Killed in action Singapore 14 February 1942
WX13457 Private Dudley Athelstone, 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion aged 32 years, dearly beloved youngest son of Mr & Mrs J.H. Annear, 45 Campbell St, Kalgoorlie, loved brother of Barbara (Mrs B.F. Stafford) Claremont; John, Kalgoorlie and Winston, Perth.