The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Muldoon
First Name:
John Ernest
Rank:
Corporal
Regimental #:
WX15684
Company:
‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion, No. 3 Platoon
Enlisted:
8.11.1941
DOB:
3.08.1923
Place of Birth:
Brisbane, Queensland
Father's Name:
William Ernest Muldoon
Mothers's Name:
Mabel Muldoon
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Clerk
Memorial:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 135, Age 19.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
Bald Hill, Bukit Timah
Date of Death:
11.02.1942

General Description

Corporal John Muldoon enlisted 11 August 1941.

He was KIA 11 February Bald Hill, Bukit Timah aged 19 years.  His family were informed he was killed by a sniper’s bullet.  He was with ‘E’ Coy Special Reserve Battalion.

Please read further about this Battalion made up of mostly  little trained and very young reinforcements with experienced officers transferred from other Companies.  (It would not happen in today’s ideal Army Battalion on a battle front).

Please read further.

 

 

John’s older brother Donald also enlisted WW2 and fortunately returned home.l

John was second son to William Ernest Muldoon and Mabel Eliza Skinner who married 1918 Epsom, Surrey England.  William Muldoon enlisted  in Queensland 23 Sept 1914 WWI ,Service No. 1785 with 5th Div Military Transport Coy ASC at age of 19 years (same age as his son John when he enlisted with 2/4th).  William met and Mabel whilst in England in 1918 at Epsom, Surrey.   He was 23 years and English born Mabel was 21 years.

 

The couple returned to Queensland after the war, where their first son Donald was born in 1920 then John in 1922.  On 7 May 1922, William Ernest Muldoon died aged about 37 years,

 

 

Above:  Mabel a young English woman, far from her ‘home’ – widowed very young with two young children to care for.

Mabel remarried to Lewis, it is not known when Mabel and her family moved to West Australia.  She died in 1975.

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