C/JX172488 William Ernest GATTY, Royal Navy, HMS Encounter: 27/02/1945

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  1. Wobbler

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    Remembering today

    Casualty Details | CWGC

    :poppy: C/JX172488 Able Seaman William Ernest Gatty, Royal Navy, HMS Encounter, who passed away aged 25 on 27 February 1945 whilst a POW at Macassar.

    WILLIAM ERNEST GATTY CWGC Ambon War Cemetery, Ambon, Indonesia © asiawargraves.JPG

    Remembered with honour.
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  2. harkness

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    1939 Register
    227 Lynton Road, Bermondsey, London

    Name - DOB - Occupation - Marital status
    Annie H Gatty - 9 Nov 1899 - Unpaid Domestic Duties - Widowed
    The record for this person is officially closed.
    William E Gatty - 23 Aug 1919 - Garage Youth Passenger ? - Single

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    Thank you.
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  5. timuk

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    Originally buried in Makassar War Cemetery, reburied Ambon War Cemetery 1961.

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  6. Wobbler

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    Thanks for these TD, despite having searched online and found dome information, I’d certainly not seen the naval-history page before!

    It was most interesting to read that she was ‘under refit’ in July 1940, which fits very neatly with the diary entry of Ivo Poulter, from the COFEPOW site, which records that William joined Encounter on 18 July 1940, the day before her post refit trials were carried out.

    Ivo’s diary entry also states that William died on 28 February, but the official records all point to it being the 27th.

    HMS Encounter | COFEPOW
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    Thank you, Tim. I’d read that he had died of pellagra, but I was not aware, although should not be surprised I know, of what I presume to be bacillary dysentery.

    William Ernest Gatty Navy death record POW.jpg
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