The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- Headquarters Company, No. 3 Platoon Administrative.
- Place of Birth:
- Perth, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Leo EdwardTreasure
- Mothers's Name:
- Victoria Regina Treasure (nee Jenkins)
- Roman Catholic
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Collective Grave, Plot 1, Row 0, Grave 58-59, Age 24.
- Selarang Camp Changi, Pulau Blakang Mati, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
- ‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Kinsaiyok, Brankassi, Hindaine, Kuii
- 4/6728 & 2293
- Cause of Death:
- Cerebral Malaria
- Place of Death:
- Date of Death:
- Grave No. 161, Kuii
John ‘Jack’ Treasure enlisted AIF Oct 1940 and later joined 2/4th’s HQ Company as a driver.
Jack survived the battle at Singapore – 2/4th Machine Gunners suffered heavy losses.
As POW Singapore he was accommodated with all Australians at Selarang Camp Changi. Later he went with a work party to Palau Blakang Mati and Adam Park before moving back to Selarang Barracks, Changi.
He left Singapore Railway Station with ‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion on 17 March 1943 and headed for Thailand on a journey which was to take 4-5 days. Jack was 24 years old when he lost his life of cerebral malaria at Kuii Camp, Burma Thai Railway.
Please read about ‘D’ Force Thailand V Battalion and Kuii Camp.
John or ‘Jack’ as he was known was the eldest of 4 sons and 3 or 4 daughters in the Treasure family. Parents Leo Treasure and Victoria Jenkins married in 1918.
Jack’s brother Ronald Edward also enlisted in WW2. Ronald had both his legs blown off. He returned to Australia and lived until 1986.
Jack’s father Leo enlisted in WW1, as did his 3 brothers. The four Treasure boys returned home – they were the sons of Jack and Emma Treasure, Kojonup. The Treasures a pioneering family in the Kojonup area.
Height 5′ 10 1/2″
Below: A young Leo Treasure
Below: Victoria Jenkins as a young woman.
Leo Treasure believed to be far Left.
John (Jack) Treasure played in 2/4th MG football team.
2/4th didn’t play out the season, as they departed for SA for further training.
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Pulau Blakang Mat - Singapore ***
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Kuii, Kui Yae, 185.6k - Thailand