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1st Lt. Paul T George .     (d.8th February 1945)

Held as a Prisoner in Fukuoka 3b.

F/Lt. Reginald Owen George DFC..     Royal Australian Air Force 582 Sqd.   from Sydney, Australia)

Reginald Owen was born on 2nd Nov 1922. He enlisted in the Australian Army in October 1941 and joined the Royal Australian Air Force in October 1942. He flew with 550 & 582 Sqns. He trained as a navigator and was later commissioned. His DFC was awarded in May 1945


Sidney Horace George .     Royal Navy HMS Nelson

My father, Sidney Horace George, now deceased, served on the HMS Nelson. Does anyone have any information about him please?

Amanda George

Able Seaman. W. R. George .     Royal Navy HMS Forfar

Able Seaman George was amongst those brought ashore when HMS Forfar sank.

Sgt. William Arla George .     Royal Air Force air gunner. 460 Sqd. (d.2nd Feb 1945)

PFC Joseph Frank Geositz .     US Army 12th QM Regt.

Joseph Frank Geositz was held in Fukuoka #17. His name appears on a roster containing the names of the 500 Americans sent from Manila to Moji, Japan, aboard the Clyde Maru from 23 July to 9 August 1943. The men were transported by train from Moji station to camp Fukuoka 17 at Omuta, Kyushu, arriving on 10 Aug 1943.


F/Sgt. Gerald Francis Geraghty .     Royal Australian Air Force 101 Squadron   from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

(d.5th Oct 1944)

Gerald Geraghty died in flying in an RAF Lancaster (Designation: LL758, Lancaster III), during an attack on Marshalling Yards in Saarbrucken, Germany. Plane came down in the Ardennes region of Belgium. Boot belonging to Gerald was identified. This appears to have been only his 2nd mission his first was on 26-27/09/1944 to Karlsruhe, Germany.

Drew Hayes

Sergeant Hugh Michael Geraghty .     British Army Black Watch

A. Geraghty

Pte. Oscar James Geraghty .     Australian Army

Oscar James Geraghty was held in Fukuoka #17 from the 16th of January 1945.


M. A. Gerard .     Royal Canadian Air Force 419 Sqd.

Sgt. Thomas German .     British Army 6th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Sgt. Thomas German Service No.4439753, Durham Light Infantry was held as a POW in Stalag 8B (344) Lamsdorf Poland. POW no. 16268.

Pte. Arthur Gerrard .     British Army 13th Btn. King's Royal Rifle Corps (d.1st Jul 1917)

Arthur Gerrard is buried in Messines Ridge Cemetery. He was the son of Philip Yeatman Gerrard, and Kate Gerrard of 109 Woodland Avenue, Wanstead, London and the husband of Agnes Gerrard.

F/O George E D Gerrard DFC .     RAF 12sqd

Pilot Officer G W Gerring .     RCAF

Lorenzo del Mann

Sgt. J. Gerry .     RAF 77 Sqd.

Mavis Jarvis

Sgt J Gershaw .     RAF 12sqd

Tec. Jacob "Jake" Gerstner .     United States Army (d.7th March 1945)

My uncle Tec Jacob `Jake' Gerstner was a POW in Stalag 4B. We were informed that he was taken from the barracks and not seen again. We would appreciate any other information that anyone may have about him or anyone who may have been with him in the camp. He was declared dead on 7th March 1945.

Robert Gerstner

Edward Gess .     British Army 8th Army

My father, Edward Gess, was a sniper in the 8th Army. He used to have lots of pictures of all his wartime mates, most of whom died in battle. We also used to have a lovely letter from Montgomery which talked about his bravery at El Alamein. He would never talk about his experiences and, sadly, he suffered dreadfully throughout my childhood and died quite young. All photos, letters and his medals have been lost over time due to many moves.


Hugo William Gevers .     Dutch Army


P/O. Richard Geytenbeck .     Royal Air Force 227 Squadron

I met the son of an Australian pilot in 227 Sqn with the surname Geytenbeck or Geytenbeek and am trying to find information for him. The man I am searching for only served in the last period of the war (approximately Sep 1944 to July 1945) and flew out of Strubby for 5 operations. I believe his last operation was to Berchtesgarten. He did not die in the war and therefore his name does not appear on 'Honour Rolls'. I have also searched Autralian War Memorial site to no avail. Does anyone have any information?

Richard Chmielewski

Hdvr. Gaje Ghale VC..     British Indian Army 2nd Btn. 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles   from Nepal)

Gaje Ghale was 20 years old, a Havildar in the 2nd Battalion of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles when he was awarded the VC.

"During the period 24th to 27th May 1943 in the Chin Hills, Burma, Havildar Gaje Ghale was in charge of a platoon of young soldiers engaged in attacking a strong Japanese position. Wounded in the arm, chest and leg he nevertheless continued to lead assault after assault, encouraging his men by shouting the Gurkha's battle-cry. Spurred on by the irresistible will of their leader, the platoon stormed and captured the position which the Havildar then held and consolidated under heavy fire, refusing to go to the Regimental Aid post until ordered to do so."

S. Flynn

Sergeant Thomas " " Gibbings .     'B' Squadron   from 110 Thames Crescent, London)

Thomas Gibbings was my Grandfather, he served in the 46th Recce Regt and the R.A.C and as far as I know was at the Salerno Landings and eventually in North Africa. I would dearly love to hear from anyone with any knowledge.

David Hill

Sgt Homfray R Gibbon. .    

Sgt. Anthony James Gibbons .     Royal Canadian Air Force 15 Sqdn. (d.31st July 1943)

Sgt Gibbons served with 15 Squadron. His Stirling bomber EF428 LS-N, took off from Mildenhall at 22.46 hours for operations to Remscheid. The aircraft crashed at Kleinbroich, 9km east of Monchengladbach. All the crew except for F/Lt Dillicar, who is buried in Rheinburg War Cemetery, have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The full crew were:

  • Sgt A.V.E. Cobby
  • F/Lt J.C. Dillicar, pilot
  • F/O B.L. Jackson
  • Sgt G.H. Beck
  • F/Sgt I.G. Ramsay
  • Sgt P.K. Middleton
  • Sgt A.J. Gibbons
  • Lt A.R. Ingle

  • Trooper Stanley Gibbons .     Army 59 RECCE

    My mother married Stanley Gibbons on 23rd January 1943 in Leeds. Stanley gives his rank as Trooper 59 R.E.C.C.E. 4543978. I am compiling a family history and wondered if anyone could give me any information about where Stanley may have served during WW2. Thank you.

    Lynn Rhodes-Shaw

    Pte. William Thomas "Spider" Gibbons .     Australian Imperial Force 2/1 Batallion   from Gulgong NSW)

    William Thomas Gibbons, my Uncle, was captured at Retimo in Crete on or about the 30th May 1941. He was interred at Moosburg Stalag VIIA and remained there as POW 92173 until 14th April 1943 when he was moved to Stalag VIIIB in Poland near the small town of Lamsdorf. He remained at Lamsdorf after it was split up and renamed to Stalag 344 in December 1943, through until April 1945. He was also one of those who survived the Great March when many POWs were marched westward from Polish camps to flee the advancing Soviet armies.

    Uncle Bill was repatriated to Australia in June 1945 and returned to his home town of Gulgong NSW where he remained for the rest of his life.

    Peter GIbbons

    Pte. Albert Edward Gibbs .     Australian Army


    A/Sgt Mjr. Donald "Budgie" Gibbs .     British Army Royal Signals   from Newbold on Avon)

    My Dad served in Malaya during WW2, at some point my Mum joined him there. Dad mentioned the Ghurkas and often told stories, wrote poems about the Char Whallas but I would like more information about what the Royal Signals were doing towards the end of the war please.

    I have loads of photographs of the people he served with, most of them are unnamed. Exasperatingly my parents decided to take the pictures out of the captioned album and the transfer to a new album never happened! I would be happy to share these with people whose relatives may have served same time and place etc.

    Daphne Gibbs

    Rfm. Frank Gibbs .     Army 9th Btn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

    Rifleman Frank Gibbs .     British Army 9th Battalion Cameronians   from Great Yarmouth)

    (d.11th Apr 1945)

    My Dad, Frank Gibbs was a rifleman in the 9th battalion of the Cameronians. He landed in Normandy in June 1944 and made it all the way across Europe to Germany. On April 11th 1945 he was shot by a sniper and killed in Celle. The war finished in May 45 and I was born in June 45. My Mum never got over his death or the war and never married again. I was named Frank after him and was their only child.

    He is buried in Hanover War cemetery and last year my son and I visited his grave. We both found it a very moving experience. Even though I never knew him I felt so proud of the fact that he had laid down his life for his country. I would love to hear from anybody who knew him.

    Frank Gibbs

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