John CHESHIRE

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CHESHIRE, John

Service Number: QX15770
Enlisted: 3 September 1941
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Mechanical Equipment Companies
Born: INNISFAIL, QLD, 1 August 1903
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Illness, Australia, 4 September 1944, aged 41 years
Cemetery: Cairns War Cemetery
Plot A. Row D. Grave 17., Cairns Cemetery, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Innisfail Cenotaph
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sapper, SN QX15770
3 Sep 1941: Enlisted
3 Sep 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN QX15770, Mechanical Equipment Companies
4 Sep 1944: Discharged

A Sad Search

My Grand Uncle John Cheshire joined the Army during WW2 at an advanced age to search for his only son Jack Cheshire. Jack's mother had decided to return to New Zealand with her son and never returned. My Grand Uncle searched tirelessly for his only son and believed he would be in the Army so he joined up in the hope of finding him. John was a gifted musician and poet. He died from Malaria on his return to Queensland after discharge and service in New Guinea and is buried in the Cairns War Cemetery between 2 famous Army Officers. The family has never located John's son Jack Cheshire to this day.

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Thomas and Alice Cheshire, of Innisfail.