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:
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.
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.