The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Annear
First Name:
Dudley Athelstan
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX13457
Company:
‘D' Company
Enlisted:
11.12.1940
DOB:
11.05.1912
Place of Birth:
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Father's Name:
John Henry Annear
Mothers's Name:
Ada Eva Frances Anne Annear
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Warehouseman
Memorial:
Epitah, Singapore Memorial, Column 135, Age 31.
Cause of Death:
Died of Wounds
Place of Death:
Johore Straits, Singapore
Date of Death:
14.02.1942

General Description

 

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.

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