George John POLAIN MID

POLAIN, George John

Service Numbers: 7009, NX70175
Enlisted: 2 August 1940
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Forrest Gate, Essex, England , 4 August 1897
Home Town: St Kilda East, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: St Johns Trinity College, Melbourne University, and Moore College Sydney
Occupation: Divinity student
Died: Sydney, NSW, Australia, 27 July 1974, aged 76 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, New South Wales Garden of Remembrance (Rookwood Necropolis)
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World War 1 Service

28 Feb 1918: Involvement Private, 7009, 19th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '13' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Nestor embarkation_ship_number: A71 public_note: ''
28 Feb 1918: Embarked Private, 7009, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne

World War 2 Service

2 Aug 1940: Involvement Captain, NX70175, 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion, 26 Mar 1946
2 Aug 1940: Enlisted
2 Aug 1940: Enlisted NX70175

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney


Extracted from Link on left of page  - The Rant Foundry

The officiating minister was former army chaplain George Polain, who was a POW alongside Dowsett in Shimo Songkurai and would later go on to give evidence against the Japanese war crimes in the labour camps. [© Dowsett Memorial Library]


Reverend Polain's  son John George Polain served as a Flight Lieutenant in WW2