The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- John Francis
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘B’ Company, No. 7 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Boulder, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Francis Robert Dare
- Mothers's Name:
- Lillian Mary Dare (nee Cain) stepmother Honor (nee Waugh)
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Bulk Handling Bin Attendant
- Selarang Camp Changi
- ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Tamarkan Hospital (16.3.1944), Bangkok (26.4.1944, ulcerated stomach), Nacompaton
- Camps Burma:
- Victoria Point, Tavoy, Kendau 4.8 km, Thewtkaw 14km, Meiloe 75km, Aungganang 105km, Thanbyuzayat Hospital (September 1943)
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand-Singapore by aircraft - no other details are known
John Dare (known as Jack) was second son of three sons and one daughter born to Francis Robert Dare and Lillian Mary Cain who married 1906 Coolgardie. Harold, John, Hilda and Arthur.
Francis and Lillian resided around Coolgardie for several years. In 1910 their 5 month old daughter Florence Edna died.
It is not known when the Dare family moved to farm at Harrismith, one of Francis’s brother was also farming in the area.
In 1929 Lillian died suddenly at Wickepin hospital aged 43 years. John (Jack) Dare would have been about 16 years old. This would have been a difficult time for Jack and his family. Jack was an age where he felt he was an adult, but was really a young and impressionable lad. His father remarried in 1934 to Honor Waugh when ‘Jack’ would have been 21 years old.
The 1937 and 1943 Electoral Roll has Jack was living at Harrismith/Wickepin and working as a labourer. His father Francis Robert was farming. Jack’s father Francis Robert died in an accident 23 June 1943, he was 80 years old – Jack was a POW working on the railway in Burma.
Jack’s parents are buried Harrismith cemetery.
Jack enlisted 30 October 1940 and joined 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion ‘B’ Company. Jack recorded his brother Harold as his NOK. Following the surrender to Japan by Allies, Jack was a POW at Selarang during which time he would have joined work parties to various parts of Singapore as did all the men.
Jack was selected with ‘A’ Force Burma Green Force No. 3 Battalion to work on the Burma end of Burma-Thai Railway. He joined a large contingency to sail from Singapore to Burma.
In September 1943 Jack was evacuated sick to Thanbyuzayat Hospital, Burma from Aungganaung 105km Camp.
When the railway was completed the Japanese began moving the POWs from Burma south into Thailand into one of four large camps with hospital facilities (keeping in mind the so-called hospital camps on the railway had no medicines nor medical facilities or equipment) where he remained until being evacuated south to Thailand to Tamarkan Hospital arriving 16 March 1944. On 26 April 1944 he went to Bangkok with a work party and was then evacuated to Nacompaton Hospital, Thailand with an ulcerated stomach. It is believed he was here when the war ended and he was flown to Singapore.
John Francis Dare died at Seacliffe, South Australia 29 March 1970 aged 57 years and was buried at Centennial Park Cemetery, Mitcham, SA. John married Elva Yvonne Booth in SA June 1946. The couple had a family of two daughters and two sons.
John Dare’s name is inscribed on Wickepin War Memorial – which unlike most memorials, included names of all those who served in the Forces from the district ie. those who died as well as those who returned to Australia.
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
- Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
- Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
- Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
- Tavoy (Dawei) - river port - Burma
- Thanbyuzayat, 415k - Burma
- Bangkok - Thailand
- Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
- Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma