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Dowsett, George Thomas


First name(s)George Thomas
Date of birth22 October 1907
Family detailsSon of George and Emma Dowsett; husband of Edith C. Dowsett, of New Malden, Surrey.
Previous educationWoolwich Polytechnic
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1927-1930
Dept / courseFaculty of Arts
Military unitThe Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey), 1/5th Bn.
Service number6105783
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death14/11/1942
Age at death35
Rank at deathLance Corporal
Cause of deathPOW in North Africa – subsequently killed by R.N. action during transfer to Italy
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel, Alamein Memorial; Roll of the Fallen, University of London O.T.C. & S.T.C.

Letter from his widow, living at 19 Glebe Gardens, New Malden, Surrey dated 23 September 1946:


Dear Mr. Lister

I would like to thank you so very much for your kind message of sympathy regarding the loss of my husband, George T. Dowsett. My husband was in the Queen’s Royal Regt, was lance-corporal & was presumed killed on Nov 14th ’42.

I do hope the undermentioned details regarding his very short period in the Forces is what you require. My husband was “called up” on Jan,. 8th ’42, sent abroad May 24th ’42 arrived in Egypt early Aug and within a fortnight was fighting with the 8th army and doing patrol work. On Sept. 30th ’42 in a battle at Alamein he was taken prisoner. On Nov. 14th ’42 the Italian ship it is presumed he was on, with 800 other P.O.W. was torpedoed and sunk by one of our own submarines. His son, Christopher, was born the month after he was killed. Perhaps, one day, Christopher will enter King’s College & will feel proud to see his father’s name on the Roll of Honour, perhaps this will be a consolation to him for it appears, that, once a man has given his life for his country he is forgotten, his child not only loses his father but also the means to feed, clothe & give him a good education..

I’m sorry to bore you with this but life makes me too bitter. I really do appreciate your sympathy and am so pleased that someone has remembered my husband.

Yours truly

Edith C. Dowsett

SourcesKing’ s College London Archives, Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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