The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- John Sharp
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘B ’ Company, No. 9 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Dunfermline, Scotland
- Father's Name:
- Robert Paterson Duncan
- Mothers's Name:
- Margaret Moodie Duncan
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi; River Valley Road Camp; Alexandra Hospital (clean up party); Johore Bahru (cement party for hospital repair); Shell Refinery, Palau Bukom ; X10 Party; Changi Gaol Party
- Return Details 1945:
- Singapore-Darwin‐Sydney, HMT Arawa; Sydney-Melbourne by troop train; Melbourne to Fremantle, HMT Strathmore
While at River Valley Road Camp John Duncan was involved with the clean-up of Alexandra Hospital. This involved acquiring cement from Johore Bahru to be used for Hospital repairs.
He was with a working part at Shell Refinery at Palau Bukang where they were required to clean fuel drums.
He reported that on his return to Changi late 1944 from working at the Shell Refinery, Pulau Bukom he was seconded to X10 Party which was “digging tunnels in the hills”. He said the entrance and front areas of the tunnels were shored up but further back inside they were not.
In September 1945 the men learnt the tunnels were to be filled with POWs and blown up at the entrance (in the instance of an Allied invasion).
It is not known when John (Jack) Duncan arrived in WA. He married in Perth 1941 to Florence Gertrude Sinclair.
After the war John continued employment as a butcher. He and Florence resided at 40 Kennedy Street, Melville according to Electoral Records, from the 1950s to at least late 1970s.
Unfortunately little else is known of Jack Duncan.
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Alexandra Hospital (clean up party) - Singapore
- Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
- Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
- Pulau Blakang Mat - Singapore ***
- River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore