The Soldier's Details

First Name:
James John
Nick Name:
Corporal (Acting Sergeant, Japan)
Regimental #:
Mentioned in Despatches
‘A’ Company, 5 Platoon
Place of Birth:
Cottesloe, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Harold Ignatius Dore
Mothers's Name:
Ina Dore
Pre-war Occupation:
Selarang Camp Changi; Havelock Road Camp; Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp); Selarang Barracks Changi
‘J ’ Force Japan, Wales Maru Party
Camps Japan:
Kobe (Mitsubishi and Toyo Steel); Kawasaki Camp; Maruyama Park; Wakinohama Camp
1/7531and 3/6307
Return Details 1945:
Yokohama-Okinawa, C54 Skymaster aircraft, Okinawa-Manila B24 Liberator aircraft, Manila-Sydney, HMS Formidable, Sydney-Fremantle HMT Dominion Monarch

General Description

Left to right - Bert Norton, Jim Dore, Johnny Gilmour, Clarrie McDonald
Left to right – Bert Norton, Jim Dore, Johnny Gilmour, Clarrie McDonald
L-R Jim Gilmour, "Widgee" Holst, "Blue" McMahon, Bert Norton, Jim Elliott, Clarrie McDonald. Kneeling - Jim Dore
L-R Jim Gilmour, “Widgee” Holst, “Blue” McMahon, Bert Norton, Jim Elliott, Clarrie McDonald. Kneeling – Jim Dore


Jimmy Dore wedding copy (1)


Read about Jim’s efforts to visit his family the night of 15 January 1942 from ‘Aquitania’.
Jim was a member of ‘J’ Force transported from Singapore to Japan to a POW Camp at Kobe mid 1943. Some of the details of Kobe House are found at the story Kobe House, Japan.
Please read about ‘J’ Force and ‘Wales’ Maru
Jim Dore attended East Victoria Park school until the age of 11 years after which the family moved to reside in Belmont and he attended Perth Boys School.
His first dream was to be a jockey as he was of small stature. Following 6 months of working in a stable, Jim’s dream was put to rest as he had added a lot of weight in that time.
Jim’s first employment was with Bristile Tiles and then casually with WA Newspapers.  He suffered a hand injury whilst at Bristile and was hospitalised for a fortnight, after which he had decreased mobility.
He served with the 16th Btn Cameron Highlands for approx. 18 months and was on camp for a month at Rottnest Island at the beginning of WW2.
He played WAFL for Perth 1939-40 and attempted to play again after the war but his health prevented any thoughts of continuing. Jim then tried his hand at baseball and captained WA in their first Claxton Shield win.  He played baseball about 20 years winning a position in the WA team on 10 occasions.  In 1962 he captained WA and went on to play for Australia.
Jim enlisted 18 October 1940 with his brother Phillip Scott Dore. Phillip was discharged medically unfit for AIF, however served in the Militia for awhile and later served with 2/32 Btn in the Islands.  Jim later joined 2/4th MGB’s ‘A’ Coy No. 5 Platoon as a Corporal under Commanding Officers Lt Walton and Lt Learmonth.
After the war Jim returned to firstly work at Bristile and then the West Australian for 10 years.  He had a short break and returned to the West for another 21 years before retiring in 1977 aged 60 years.
In 1946 Jim married Doris Lewison.  They had a family of three (3) daughters and one (1) son.









Jimmy passed away aged 82yrs, March 8 2002, at Como, WA.





Camp Locations:

  • Havelock Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Kawasaki, Maruyama Park - Japan
  • Kobe, Osaka #2-B - Japan ***
  • Wakinohama, Osaka #14-B - Japan