The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Gordon Alexander
- Regimental #:
- WX 14068
- 'E' Company, Special Reserve Battalion, No. 2 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Dundee, Scotland
- Father's Name:
- James Alexander Dalrymple
- Mothers's Name:
- Mary Conway Dalrymple (nee Ross)
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Coppersmith and Welder
- Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 20.
- Cause of Death:
- Killed in Action, Age 20
- Place of Death:
- Bald Hill, Bukit Timah
- Date of Death:
Gordon was a reinforcement for 2/4th, joining ‘E’ Company. He was killed in action on 11 February 1942 during a Japanese ambush. Only about 88 men of the original 200 survived.
Gordon was about 4 years of age when he sailed from London on ‘Orama’ on 27 June 1925 to Fremantle with his parents and younger brother and sister Elizabeth. The family soon moved to Yarloop to live where James Dalrymple was employed as an iron turner.
The Dalrymples were fortunate to have extended family living in the south west, members of Mary Dalrymple’s family. Also Yaloop appears to have been a tight-knit community which proved supportive in challenging times.
The Dalrymple family endured the tragedy of their second son Jimmie who died aged 6 1/2 years in 1929.
The family remained at Yalgoo until at least 1948.
Gordon had also worked at Yalgoo and enlisted from here in June 1941. His death would have been huge loss for his family, losing a third son.
James died in 1962 and was buried Karrakatta aged 62 years.
Gordon’s family did not have official notice of Gordon’s death until late March 1946.