Dawe, George Henry


War Service:
Sergeant 1639157 GEORGE HENRY DAWE died on 29 July 1945, aged 35. He served with 78 Battery, 35 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery.

The 78th Battery and the other 2 remaining Batteries of the 35th LAA RA [89th and 144th] were sent to reinforce Sinagpore in 1942. On arrival on the 13th January they wentto Sumatra to reinforce the 6th Heavies, Singapore fell to the Japanese and the 78th held out for awhile but they too eventually were captured by the Japanese. The different Batteries were sent to different places and the 78th was sent to Borneo. Here they all seemed to be surviving well until the beginning of 1945 when disease, malnutrition and hopelessness began to take their toll. The death rate suddenly increased up to and past VJ Day. None of the men who were sent to Sandakan in British North Borneo, from Kuching, where the majority of the 78th were imprisoned returned, which include George Henry Dawe.

He is buried in Labuan War Cemetery, Malaysia

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial at Holy Trinity church, Sydenham.

He was the husband of Annie Dawe of Sydenham.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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