The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Duncan
First Name:
John Sharp
Nick Name:
Scotty
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8584
Company:
‘B ’ Company, No. 9 Platoon
Enlisted:
18.10.1940
Discharged:
8.01.1946
DOB:
19.03.1919
Place of Birth:
Dunfermline, Scotland
Father's Name:
Robert Paterson Duncan
Mothers's Name:
Margaret Moodie Duncan
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Butcher
Singapore:
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

General Description

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).

Please read further about X10 Party

 

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.

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • 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
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