The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Yeates
First Name:
Jack Leonard
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9003
Company:
‘A’ Company, No. 6 Platoon
Discharged:
25.11.1946
DOB:
27.02.1908
Place of Birth:
St Leonards, Adelaide, South Australia
Father's Name:
Joseph Yeates
Mothers's Name:
Emily Elizabeth (nee Sweeney)
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Stationhand
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi, Thompson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp), Changi Gaol Camp, Kranji Camp Woodlands.
POW#:
1/ 12405
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Labuan, 2/ 1st H.M. Australian Hospital Ship Manunda, Labuan-Morotai by aircraft, Morotai-Melbourne-Perth by aircraft.

General Description

Jack was a younger child in a large family born in SA.  His mother Emily Yeates died in 1923 and his father Jospeh Yeates died about 1935 in South Australia.
In 1937 Electoral Roll Jack was residing Broome, recorded his occupation as labourer.
He enlisted AIF 25 Oct 1940 and later joined 2/4th MGB’s ‘A’ Company No. 6 Platoon under Commanding Officers Lt. Johnny Morrison and Lt. Branson.
Soldier was shell shocked at Ulu Pandan 12/2/1942.
Two toes on right foot were amputated in 1944 due to tropical ulcers.
Jack remained in Singapore throughout the war.
After returning home and in about 1948, Jack married Margaret Constance Bridge.  Margaret was born at Nanine to Percy Thomas Bridge and Ida Esther Miller Heimann.

 

In 1954 the couple are residing Victoria Park and Jack is working as a wool classer.
The February 1974 edition of ‘Barb Wire & Bamboo’ POW Magazine reported Jack was in Hollywood Hospital.
In 1980 Jack and Margaret are living at Bullcreek.
Jack passed away 11 October 1986 aged at Bateman, aged 78 years.   Margaret Yeates passed away 2006 at South Perth aged 97 years.

Camp Locations:

  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Kranji Camp Woodlands - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
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