Biography

Birth date: 21 September 1901
Birth place: Australia: Western Australia, Kalgoorlie
Death date: 09 February 1942
Death place: Malaya
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: NX379 - Second World War, 1939-1945
NX3797 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 2/20th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Date of Death: 09 February 1942
  • Unit: 2/20th Australian Infantry Battalion

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/20th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

P10188.001

Informal outdoor portrait of NX202253 Private (Pte) John Latima Assheton (right), 41 Battalion CMF, with two unidentified soldiers. Pte Assheton enlisted on 9 September 1943 in Sydney, NSW. He died from injuries on 9 July 1944 in Pymble, Sydney. Newspaper reports stated that Pte Assheton was killed...

P10188.001

P01584.014

SYDNEY, NSW. 1939-10-28. GROUP PORTRAIT OF MEMBERS OF THE NO. 12 COURSE, COMMAND AND STAFF SCHOOL. LEFT TO RIGHT: BACK ROW: MAJOR (MAJ) H. H. EDWARDS, LIEUTENANT (LT) W. L. CLELAND, MAJ J. ANSCHAU, MAJ A. L. VARLEY, MAJ C. D. HORNE, MAJ B. J. O'LOUGHLIN, MAJ R. O. CHERRY; MIDDLE ROW: MAJ A. POPE,...

P01584.014

Timeline

Date of birth 1901-09-21 Kalgoorlie, WA.
Date commissioned 1927-12-03
Other units 1927-12-03 Lieutenant, 9th Field Company Royal Australian Engineers.
Other units 1928-11-16 6th Light Horse Regiment.
Other units 1932-09-27 7th Light Horse Regiment.
Other units 1934-01-02 33/41th Battalion.
Date promoted 1935-03-12 Appointed captain.
Date promoted 1939-04-06 Appointed major.
Other 1939-10-28 Course No 12 Commanding Officers (Sydney).
Other units 1939-12-16 - 1940-05-01 Temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 33rd Battalion.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1940-03-18 Enlisted 2nd AIF.
Other units 1940-05-01 Seconded as a major 2/13th Battalion.
Other units 1940-07-15 2nd in Command 2/18th Battalion.
Other 1941-02-18 Arrived Sinapore.
Other units 1941-08-04 - 1942-02-09 Acting lieutenant colonel and commanding officer 2/20th Battalion.
Date promoted 1941-11-14 Appointed lieutenant colonel.
Date of death 1942-02-09 Died of wounds in Malaya.