John Walter Eslick (1905-1942)
Private John Walter Eslick was born in 1905 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, the son of John Eslick and his wife Mabel Edith Jackson. He married Dorothy Amelia Cooper in Victoria in 1926 by whom he had at least three children. John served in the Australian Infantry Force 2/29 Battalion, service number VX41364. He was living in Auburn and working as an ironworker when he enlisted.
John was killed in action in the Malayan Campaign, a disastrous campaign for the Allies lasting from 8 December 1941 to 31 January 1942. He died on 18 January 1942 and is honoured on the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour. He is buried at Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore.
John’s Roll of Honour circular identifies that his brother Thomas Edwin Eslick, also fighting with the 2/29 Battalion, was believed to be a prisoner of war at the time of John’s death. Thomas returned from the War, rejoining his family and living to 1965.
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‘Malayan Campaign’, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malayan_Campaign, [accessed 28 Jun 2016].
‘The Fall of Malaya and Singapore 1942’, Imperial War Museums, © Estate of Zina Oliver (IWM HU 69968), http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205050115, [accessed 27 Jun 2016].
‘Panorama View of Kranji War Memorial, Singapore’, Wikipedia, By Banej (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kranji_War_Memorial#/media/File:Kranji_War_Memorial_Singapore_Panorama.JPG [accessed 28 Jun 2016].