The Soldier's Details

First Name:
John Sharp
Nick Name:
Scotty or Jim
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

General Description

While at River Valley Road Camp Scotty 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 Scotty 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.


Below:  Scotty Duncan at 2/4th reunion Anzac Day 1985

July 1991 Borehole Bulletin – 
Scotty and Flo Duncan recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a luncheon at the Savoy Hotel.  A group of about 50 made up of friends, 2/4th and ex-POWs helped them celebrate.  On the actual date of their anniversary they had a mystery flight which took them to Melbourne and bak.  On the way back the plane crew found out that it was their wedding anniversary and turned on the champagne for them.
Congratulations Flo and Scotty, may you have many more wedding anniversaries to celebrate!


Further from above story, we are not sure why Scotty is also called Jim.  What happened to John!  Should any family members read this, we would appreciate you contacting us to clarify.  Our Email as a November 2019 is



Scotty died 10 June1999.



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