The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Augustus Evelyn
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- 'E' Company, Special Reserve Battalion, No. 2 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Bunbury, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Evelyn Pierpoint Erskine
- Mothers's Name:
- Amy Maria Erskine (nee Hough)
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Selarang Camp Changi
- 'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Tamarkan, Bangkok (go‐downs)
- Camps Burma:
- Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw, Meiloe, Augganaung
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand-Rangoon by aircraft, Rangoon-Singapore, HMT Highland Brigade, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay
Soldier was wounded in action 13/2/1942. Admitted to 2/10th Australian General Hospital with four machine gun bullets to left chest. Discharged to unit on 24/2/1942.
Evelyn Erskine and Amy Hough married in Bunbury in 1898. They had the regular sized large family of at least 6-8 children. Evelyn was a civil servant and during the time living in Bunbury he was employed as a Customs Officer.
Gus was acknowledged as a rower probably during school years and perhaps immediately after. He was later acknowledged as an accomplished footballer playing for a team in the Albany-Mt Barker region for several years.
Gus was almost 40 years old when he enlisted mid November 1941. He had been living and working as a prospector at Mt Margaret for several years.
There was little time for training as two months later he was on-board the ‘Aquitania’ as a reinforcement soldier for 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion when it sailed from Fremantle to Singapore on 15th January 1942.
Gus was selected in Singapore to work on the Burma end of the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘A’ Force Burma, No. 3 Battalion.
Gus moved with the Battalion to the known ‘A’ Force Camps and was sent south to Tamakan in Thailand in January 1944. He may well have been sick and evacuated from Ankanan 110 km Camp.
When considered fit, Gus was sent to Bangkok in April 1944 where he remained working on the go-downs until the end of the war. He was recovered and flown to Rangoon then Singapore before sailing home to Fremantle on ‘Highland Brigade’ between 15 October to 24th October 1945.
Above from Daily-Telegraph-and-North-Murchison-and-Pilbarra-Gazette, Saturday-16-October-1943
Above is from Northern-Times-Carnarvon, Thursday-21-September-1950
Gus died 19 September 1963 aged 62 years.
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
- Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
- Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
- Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
- Bangkok - Thailand
- Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
- Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma