The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Pearson
First Name:
John Eyres
Nick Name:
Ian
Rank:
Platoon Sergeant
Regimental #:
WX8118
Company:
‘B’ Company, 7 Platoon
Enlisted:
16.08.1940
DOB:
13.09.1900
Place of Birth:
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Father's Name:
John Pearson
Mothers's Name:
Mary Isabella Pearson (nee Eyres)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Clerk
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 10, Row B, Grave 15, Age 43.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Sime Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi.
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, S Battalion
POW#:
4/4555 & 8720
Cause of Death:
Beri-Beri and Enteritis
Place of Death:
Chungkai
Buried:
Grave No. 1195, Chungkai

General Description

This NCO was highly respected and held the temporary rank of Lieutenant as a Prisoner of War. He had acted as the Commanding Officer of No. 7 Platoon when Lieutenant P. V. Dean was evacuated to hospital.
He had held the rank of Lieutenant in the militia in which he served from 1924-1929.

 

Photograph taken January 2018 by C. Mellor

Pearson John Eyres
Pearson John Eyres

 

John and Donald Pearson were a former Scotch College students.

John known as Ian was born 1900 at Kalgoorlie he was the eldest child of Mary Isabella Eyres and John David Pearson who married Claremont 1899.
He was selected from Selarang Barracks Singapore with ‘D’ Force S Battalion to work on the Burma-Thai Railway.  ‘D’ Force departed Singapore by train in March 1943 headed for Hellfire Pass area.  He became ill with beri-beri and enteritis and died at Chungkai Hospital Camp on 13/2/1944 – was probably one of a large group of sick evacuated from Konyu II or a Hintok and sent to Chungkai.
His younger brother Donald David Pearson WX13816 enlisted 3 June 1941 joining the 2/4th ‘B’ Coy – same company as John.  Don Pearson was sent to Burma-Thai Railway with ‘H’ Force Group No. 3, working at Kanu II, Malayan Hamlet and Kanchanaburi Camps.  Don was fortunate, he survived to return to his wife and family.

 

 

 

 

 

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In 1928 John Pearson died, his sons Ian and Don would have been 27 years 23 years old.

 

Ian married Julie May about 1940.

Ian Pearson enlisted from Swanbourne 16 August 1940 and joined 2/4th’s ‘B’ Coy becoming Platoon Sergeant of No. 7 Platoon under Commanding Officer Lt Penrod Dean.      (Don enlisted June 1941 and joined ‘B’ Coy.)
(Don was selected with ‘H’ Force and was fortunate to survive to return home to WA.)

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sime Road Camp - Singapore
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