The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- John Eyres
- Regimental #:
- ‘B’ Company
- Place of Birth:
- Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- John Pearson
- Mothers's Name:
- Mary Isabella Pearson (nee Eyres)
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 10, Row B, Grave 15, Age 43.
- Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Sime Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi.
- 'D' Force Thailand, S Battalion
- 4/4555 & 8720
- Cause of Death:
- Beri-Beri and Enteritis
- Place of Death:
- Grave No. 1195, Chungkai
This NCO was highly respected and held the temporary rank of Lieutenant as a Prisoner of War. He had acted as the Commanding Officer of No. 7 Platoon when Lieutenant P. V. Dean was evacuated to hospital. He had held the rank of Lieutenant in the militia in which he served from 1924-1929.
Photograph taken January 2018 by C. Mellor
He was selected from Selarang Barracks Singapore with ‘D’ Force S Battalion to work on the Burma-Thai Railway. ‘D’ Force departed Singapore by train in March 1943 headed for Hellfire Pass area. He became ill with beri-beri and enteritis and died at Chungkai on 13/2/1944.
His younger brother Donald David Pearson WX13816 enlisted 3 June 1941 joining the 2/4th ‘B’ Coy – same company as John. Don Pearson was sent to Burma-Thai Railway with ‘H’ Force Group No. 3, working at Kanu II, Malayan Hamlet and Kanchanaburi Camps. Don was fortunate, he survived to return to his wife and family.
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Sime Road Camp - Singapore