John Marsh Emery was born on 8 Mar 1914 in Kermode Street, North Adelaide, South Australia to parents Charles Holland Emery and Edith Marsh.
The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia) Monday 9 March 1914: Births- “EMERY (nee Marsh). On the 8th March, at Kermode-street, North Adelaide, the wife of Mr. C.H. Emery – a son (John Marsh). Both well.
He resided in Kermode Street, North Adelaide, South Australia in 1914 and then later (1941) at 2 Arlington Terrace, Welland, Adelaide, South Australia, in 1941.
On the 22nd June 1940 John Marsh Emery went to the No. 5 Recruiting Centre, Adelaide and enlisted in the Citizen Airforce for the duration of the war and twelve extra months. He was 26 years and 3 months of age, stood 6’ tall and weighed 161 pounds. He was of medium complexion, with brown eyes and fair-medium coloured hair. He did not have any distinquishing marks. He also noted on his enlistment papers that he had attended the University of Adelaide where he studied Commercial law (passed in 1931). Folowing this he worked as a clerk responsible for banking, stores, accounts and time keeping.
His posting on enlistment was to the No. 1 Initial Training School, Somers, Victoria. On Mar 14 1941 he embarked at Melbourne for the United Kingdom. He is promoted to Sergeant Pilot on Feb 11, 1941. His death is recorded in his records as “Presumed dead w.e.f. 8.12.41. Result of air operations from U.K.” He may well have had a sweet-heart for his papers show that in the event of his death, along with his mother, a Miss S.H. House, Loxton, S.A. (friend) was to be informed of his death.
John Marsh Emery died over the English Channel, United Kingdom, on 8 Dec 1941 as a result of an air battle during World War II; he was 27.