Pearson Gillard NATION

NATION, Pearson Gillard

Service Number: SX5781
Enlisted: 19 June 1940
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Division Ammunition Sub-Park
Born: Magill, South Australia, 30 January 1916
Home Town: Aldgate, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Thailand, 5 January 1945, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
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Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

19 Jun 1940: Involvement Private, SX5781, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
19 Jun 1940: Involvement Private, SX5781, 8th Division Ammunition Sub-Park, Malaya/Singapore
19 Jun 1940: Enlisted Aldgate, South Australia
19 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SX5781
Date unknown: Involvement

Returning POW,s

Pearson "Pete" Nation was my uncle, the brother of my mother. He was the only surviving son of my grand-parents and they felt his loss very deeply. For months after the end of the war they would meet trains carrying returning soldiers or POW,s in the forlorn hope that somehow a mistake had been made and he was alive and had returned home but it was not to be and he lies buried in Thailand.

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Born  30 January 1916 in Magill, Adelaide, South Australia
(SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928, Book : 973 Page : 239 District : Nor.)

Father Edwin Samuel Gillard NATION and Mother Kate Matilda PEARSON.

19/6/1940      Enlisted at Aldgate, South Australia

****Service records need to be ordered through National Archives of Australia as they have not yet been scanned for viewing.****

Pearson served with the 8th Divisional Ammunition Sub Park.

He was a prisoner of war at the time of his death.

5/1/1945 died in Thailand

His name is located at panel 83 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian
War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  9/4/2015.  Lest we forget.