The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Nick Name:
Regimental #:
'E' Company, Special Reserve Battalion
Place of Birth:
Monmouthshire, Pontypool, Wales
Father's Name:
Charles Davies
Mothers's Name:
Agnes Mabel Davies (nee Rapson)
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 20.
Cause of Death:
Died of Wounds
Place of Death:
Buona Vista. Soldier had been listed as missing following the ambush at South-West Bukit Timah on 11/2/1942.
Date of Death:

General Description

It is believed Gus Davies survived the ambush at South-West Bukit Timah on 11.2.1942 when ‘E’ Company ran into a Japanese ambush.  Only 88 of the 200 man Company survived.
He obviously joined another 2/4th Coy.  He was KIA on 15 Feb 1942 at the  battle at Buona Vista, during the final stages of war – the last stand around the city of Singapore.

Please read further about ‘E’ Company

Gustave Davies was a Kingsley Fairbridge Farm Schoolboy.  He sailed from London in a party of 39 children on Balranald and arrived in Fremantle aged 11 years on 14/11/1932.  On the same 1932 journey was Ronald Burchell WX14023 also KIA 11.2.1942 at S-W Bukit Timah aged 21 years and Ron’s brother.
Gustave was housed at ‘Kitchener’ at Fairbridge.
Gus enlisted AIF 22 Nov 1941.  Less than three months later, Gus as a reinforcement to 2/4th and with ‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion, DOW Singapore 15 Feb 1942.  The same day as the Allied Surrender to Japan.
Gustave died at age 20 as did another Fairbridge boy, Patrick George Hurst WX17351 in the same battle with same Company.




Gus’s parents Charles A Davies and Agnes Mabel Rapson married March 1920 Pontypool, Monmouthshire, Wales.  Gustave had an older brother Charles Allan born 1920 and younger sister Ursula who was born 1924.
His father Charles Davies died Sep 1931 Pontypool, Monmouthshire.  His mother Agnes  died in NSW, Australia in 1974.  Agnes had gone to Australia with her son Charles who died in 1991.  It is not known if Agnes kept in contact with Gus.