The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Isaac
First Name:
John
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7889
Company:
Headquarters Company, No. 2 Platoon, Ack Ack.
Enlisted:
13.08.1940
Discharged:
11.02.1946
DOB:
28.02.1908
Place of Birth:
Abergavenny, Wales
Father's Name:
Benjamin Howell Isaac
Mothers's Name:
Lilly Isaac
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Bangkok
POW#:
3073
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay

General Description

John Isaac enlisted Aug AIF 1940 and later joined 2/4th’s HQ Coy No. 2 Platoon Anti Aircraft.   CO was Lt. John Royce.

During the fighting at Hill 200 Ulu Pandan 12 Feb 1942 Lt Royce was KIA, as were Coy’s two Sergeants L/Sgt Phillips and Sgt Bill Innes, Privates Gray and Todd.

At least 3 soldiers of the Coy were unable to reboard ‘Aquitania’, and sailed to Java. Corp. Annesley, Pte Hayes and E.C. Jones.

 


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Jack standing second row, 2nd from Left.

 

‘A’ Force Burma, GreenForce No. 3 Battalion was the first work force to depart Singapore.  3,000 Australians sailed from Singapore  May 1942.

 

Please read further about ‘A’ Force Burma Green Force

During his time with ‘A’ Force, Green Force No, 3 Battalion John was recorded at the following Camps:

Tavoy Hospital – 9.9.1942

Ankanan 105k Hospital Camp 24.9.1943

Tamarkan Hospital Camp 12.3.1944

Bangkok – 26.4.1944.

He was recovered from Thailand and sailed home on ‘Moreton Bay’ 15 October – 24th October 1945.

John was born Benjamin John Isaac, however seemed to have dropped ‘Benjamin’.  His parents Benjamin Howell Isaac married Lilly Edwards in Wales in 1907.  John was the eldest.  The family moved to Collie in Western Australia between 1910-1912.  There were at least 6 children.

Please read about the boys from Collie.

John followed in his father’s footsteps and became a miner.

John or Jack as he was known, married at Collie in 1941 to Doreen Victoria May Slee.  Doreen died at Collie in 1977.

His father Benjamin died in 1959 at Collie.

John Isaac passed away at Collie on 14th February 1975 aged 66 years.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
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