The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Aberle
First Name:
John Roughton
Rank:
Corporal
Regimental #:
WX239
Company:
‘C’ Company
Enlisted:
11.12.1940
DOB:
3.12.1920
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Frederick John Aberle
Mothers's Name:
Margaret Rose Aberle
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Warehouseman
Memorial:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 135, Age 21
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
Ulu Pandan
Date of Death:
12.02.1942
Buried:
Where killed at map reference 758128 by Major A. Cough Party on 21.12.1942.

General Description

John’s parents Frederick (Fred) Aberle and Margaret (Rose) Campbell married in Collie December 1915.  In 1916 ‘Fred’ Aberle enlisted with 16th Btn WWI, served in France and returned home in about 1918.  Fred Aberle was born in SA however the family moved to WA when children were young.

John was the eldest son of a family of 5 children.  Dora, Phillip (RAAF), Margaret (AMWAS) and Freddie.  John was attended Wesley College and the family lived in South Perth.

Fred Aberle was an accountant and was extensively involved with the RSL – South Perth, State Level and Australian conferences involving policies.  He was involved with campaigns to have Anzac Day become a national holiday.  Fred was active in business clubs, sports and even stood for government elections.

John Aberle grew up in a home where there was much activity revolving around the RSL and his father’s commitments to this as well as the community.  John enlisted a few days after he turned 19 years old (the minimum age at that time). He was at school with Henry de Moulin who was also KIA Singapore.  John would have also known of Gibson and Giese who were to die of illnesses as POWs and former Wesley students.

John’s mother Rose died in early 1944, and probably did not learn of her oldest son’s death, although John had been presumed killed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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