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My Grand Uncle Jack Cheshire

Sapper John (Jack) Cheshire  QX15770
Sapper John (Jack) Cheshire QX15770

MY grandmother had two brothers who enlisted for WW1 and they both survived.

The younger brother John, known as "Jack", also served in WW2 and survived but died of malaria on his return from New Guinea.

John Cheshire was a gifted musician and poet, he wrote two poems while serving in New Guinea, one of which could be put to music.

He called it "The Star Crossed Flag of Australia" and the other poem was called "On the road from Wau to Lae".

We have copies of both these works and would dearly love to have them both published some day.

The older brother Thomas Cheshire who was a train driver died in a train smash near Cardwell during WW2.

There was speculation at the time that the accident was sabotage.

John Cheshire is buried in the War Cemetery at Cairns.

They were born and raised on a sugar plantation in Innisfail called "Mundoo" and their parents were pioneers of the Innisfail district.

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