The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Skelton
First Name:
John Bartley
Nick Name:
Yocker
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX6681
Company:
‘B’ Company
Enlisted:
19.07.1940
Discharged:
19.01.1946
DOB:
10.04.1915
Place of Birth:
Fremantle, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Philip Skelton
Mothers's Name:
Emma Wilhelmina Skelton
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Clerk
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi.
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Chungkai
POW#:
4/6614 & 8848
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Highland Brigade.

General Description

John Bartley Skelton WX6681
John Bartley Skelton WX6681

 

John Bartley Skelton WX6681
John Bartley Skelton WX6681

 

Skelton John Bartley
Skelton John Bartley

 

We know Jocker was working at RinTin at one time.  From ‘Joe Pearce, To Hellfire and Back’ Joe recalls the story of being in the camp by the river called Rin Tin.  He writes the group of POWs were accompanied by 3 or 4 guards with a machine gun which had been set up (at Rin Tin).  

Joe Pearce managed to send some of the very sick men down the river including Jocker Skelton. A single bomber from an Allied raid appeared over them.  It seems this was the first occasion the POWs had seen an Allied plane flying low.     As the bombs came down Jocker thought he could run, but nowhere near as fast as a Japanese General who flashed past him like a rocket!   Jocker roared with laughter!   The same plane now turned and was flying straight for them when a Japanese began firing.  The plane made a very quick turn and was now flying close over their heads this time firing their guns.  The men dived for cover.

The Japanese machine guns were taken out and fortunately nobody was injured.  The POWs were delighted!

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
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