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Dowling Frank Bartley


DOWLING. - On September 9, 1943, Pte Frank Bartley (Bill), TX50S0, 2/40th Battalion, AIF, died of illness while prisoner of war in Thailand, dearly loved second son of Mr and Mrs Frank Dowling, Verwood, Ross, in his 29th year.

The Mercury 3 Aug 1945

Ross Soldier's Death in Thailand

Mr and Mrs Francis Dowling, Verwood, Ross, have received advice of the death of their son, Pte Frank Bartley ("Bill") Dowling on Sept. 9, 1943, while a prisoner of war in Thailand. Pte Dowling, who was in his 29th year, was born at Trefusis, Ross, and was educated at the Launceston Church Grammar School.

He later assisted in the management of his father's properties before purchasing the well-known property, Horton, at Ross, where he resided before enlisting in 1940 in the 2nd/ 8th Field Regiment. Pte Dowling sailed with the 2nd/40th Bnttalion and was taken prisoner at Timor. He was a member of the Midland Hunt Club

Pte Dowling was engaged to be married to Miss Kathteen Stephens, WRAN, younger daughter of Dr and Mrs H. Z. Stephens, Westbury. Their marriage was arranged to take place during his final leave, which was not granted at the last moment.

The Mercury 7 Aug 1945


                           Photographed By Linda McKenzie



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