John Bevilaqua CLUCAS

CLUCAS, John Bevilaqua

Service Number: SX10201
Enlisted: 22 August 1940
Last Rank: Signaller
Last Unit: 8th Division Signals
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 15 August 1918
Home Town: Malvern, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Adelaide Technical High School, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Illness while a POW of the Japanese, Borneo, 19 May 1945, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Labuan War Cemetery
Panel 7 at Labuan Cemetery, Labuan Memorial, Labuan, Malaysia
Memorials: Adelaide Technical High School Old Scholars WW2 Honour Roll, Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Black Forest Highgate Congregational Church Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

22 Aug 1940: Involvement Signaller, SX10201, 8th Division Signals
22 Aug 1940: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
22 Aug 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SX10201
15 Feb 1942: Imprisoned John Clucas became a POW of the Japanese at Changi after the Fall of Singapore and he was transferred to Sandakan in Borneo on 28 March 1943. He subsequently died of illness while interned at Sandakan on 19 May 1945.
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Neil Field

John Clucas was the only son of John and Gwendoline Clucas of Malvern, Adelaide in South Australia. After enlisting in Adelaide on 22 August 1940 and receiving training he departed Australia in April 1941 as a Signalman in the 8th Division Signals, AIF. Joan, his only sibling, would also enlist in the 92 Australian Wireless Section AIF on 23 May 1942 after her husband William (Bill) Henry Field of the 13 Squadron was listed as missing over the Celebes in the Dutch East Indies, and indeed after John became a prisoner of war of the Japanese after the Fall of Singapore. Sadly, John Clucas died of illness on 19 May 1945 during his incarceration at Sandakan POW Camp in Borneo.

Sister: Joan Florence FIELD (nee Clucas), Signalwoman, 92 Australian Wireless Section, Service no: SF64952

Brother in Law: William Henry FIELD, Sgt. RAAF 13 Sqdn. Service no: 407786