Borrow, Joseph WX8712 – Born 4/12/1916 Died of Wounds 15/2/1942, Singapore.

‘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.’

By Doreen Borrow.


Joe Borrow died of wounds aged 25 years received in action  Singapore, 15 February 1942.

Joe Borrow was born Newcastle-upn-Tyne, England 1916.  One in four of 2/4th soldiers were born England, Wales, Scotland etc.
The Borrow family arrived from London 15 October 1929 on ‘Otranto’ from London.  Joe’s father John Borrow had been a miner.  Joseph junior was about 12 years of age.  The family were living at Gosnells when Joe enlisted.
He enlisted AIF Oct 1940 – and like many others did so to have a secure job and income.