The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Erskine
First Name:
Augustus Evelyn
Nick Name:
Gus
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX20164
Company:
'E' Company, Special Reserve Battalion, No. 2 Platoon
Enlisted:
12.11.1941
Discharged:
26.09.1946
DOB:
7.12.1901
Place of Birth:
Bunbury, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Evelyn Pierpoint Erskine
Mothers's Name:
Amy Maria Erskine (nee Hough)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Bangkok (go‐downs)
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw, Meiloe, Augganaung
POW#:
3069
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Rangoon by aircraft, Rangoon-Singapore, HMT Highland Brigade, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay

General Description

Soldier was wounded in action 13/2/1942.  Admitted to 2/10th Australian General Hospital with four machine gun bullets to left chest.  Discharged to unit on 24/2/1942.

Gus Erskine
Gus Erskine

 

Evelyn Erskine and Amy Hough married in Bunbury in 1898.  They had the regular sized large family of at least 6-8 children.  Evelyn was a civil servant and during the time living in Bunbury he was employed as a Customs Officer.

Gus was acknowledged as a rower probably during school years and perhaps immediately after.  He was later acknowledged as an accomplished footballer playing for a team in the Albany-Mt Barker region for several years.

Above from  Mount Barker and Denmark Record, Thursday 6 September 1945
Gus resided and played football in this area for several years.

 

Erskine

Gus was almost 40 years old when he enlisted mid November 1941.  He had been living and working as a prospector at Mt Margaret for several years.

There was little time for training as two months later he was on-board the ‘Aquitania’ as a reinforcement soldier for 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion when it sailed from Fremantle to Singapore on 15th January 1942.

Read about the small population of WA at that time

Gus was selected in Singapore to work on the Burma end of the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘A’ Force Burma, No. 3 Battalion.

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Gus moved with the Battalion to the known ‘A’ Force Camps and was sent south to Tamakan in Thailand in January 1944.  He may well have been sick and evacuated from Ankanan 110 km Camp.

When considered fit, Gus was sent to Bangkok in April 1944 where he remained working on the go-downs until the end of the war.  He was recovered and flown to Rangoon then Singapore before sailing  home to Fremantle on ‘Highland Brigade’ between 15 October to 24th October 1945.

Above from Daily-Telegraph-and-North-Murchison-and-Pilbarra-Gazette, Saturday-16-October-1943

 

Above is from Northern-Times-Carnarvon, Thursday-21-September-1950

 

Gus died 19 September 1963 aged 62 years.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Bangkok - Thailand
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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