The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Borrow
First Name:
Joseph
Nick Name:
Joe
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8712
Company:
‘A‘ Company
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
DOB:
4.12.1916
Place of Birth:
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
Father's Name:
John Joseph Borrow
Mothers's Name:
Sarah Borrow
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Yardman
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 22, Row 5, Grave 20, Age 25.
Cause of Death:
Died of Wounds
Place of Death:
St Andrew's Anglican Cathedral, Singapore
Date of Death:
15.02.1942
Buried:
St Andrews Anglican Cathedral grounds

General Description

L-R - Edwin "Snow" Watt, Joe Borrow
L-R – Edwin “Snow” Watt, Joe Borrow
L-R Joe Borrow and Snow Watt with a warning to the Adelaide girls!
L-R Joe Borrow and Snow Watt with a warning to the Adelaide girls!

Joe Borrow

Wounded in action at Buona Vista on the afternoon of 15.2.1942. Soldier was admitted to 2/9th Field Ambulance suffering from a gunshot wound fracture to the lower right leg. He was transferred to hospital but died as a result of his wounds.

Soldier was buried on 16.2.942 in the south-east comer of St Andrew‘s Cathedral grounds.

Joe Borrow shared the fate of so many of his generation. Born during a war, grew up in a depression and killed in another war. He did not know what it was like to have a secure job, home and family of his own. And like so many other victims of war, his remains lie in foreign soil far from his homeland.’

Doreen Borrow

Joe Borrow and Reginald Tuffin WX8491 were mates – working as nurserymen prior to enlisting.  As Tuffin enlisted in October 1941, he may have requested to join ‘A’ Company with Borrow.  Tuffin died 9 February 1942 and Joe a week later on 16 February 1942.

Please go to Gosnells War Memorial.

The Borrow family arrived from London 15 October 1929 on ‘Otranto’ from London.  John Borrow had been a miner.  Joseph junior was about 12 years of age, and with his parents there was another child.

Joe Borrow resided in Gosnells Road Gosnells with his family before he enlisted.  He was recorded as working as a labourer.

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