Gilbert Edgar JOSE


JOSE, Gilbert Edgar

Service Number: SX11028
Enlisted: 31 October 1940, Adelaide, SA
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Taichow, China, 1 November 1898
Home Town: Woodville, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: St Peter's College and University of Adelaide , South Australia
Occupation: Medical Practitioner
Died: Illness, Malaya, 27 March 1942, aged 43 years
Cemetery: Kranji War Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Hackney St Peter's College Honour Board, North Adelaide Christ Church and Queen's College Honour Roll
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World War 2 Service

31 Oct 1940: Involvement Major, SN SX11028
31 Oct 1940: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
31 Oct 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Major, SN SX11028
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Annette Summers



Gilbert Edgar Jose was born, on 1st November 1898, in Taichow, China. He was the son of the Very Reverend George Herbert Jose and Clara Ellen, nee Sturt, of Adelaide.  He had two brothers Ivan and Oswald both of whom served in World War 1 where Ivan won a Military Cross. Oswald was killed in action in 1917. Jose was educated at St Peter's College and studied medicine at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 1922. He obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Jose was a first-class cricketer who played for South Australia. He married Hazel Dorothy Brook, the daughter of Frederick Dyson Brook and Elizabeth Ann, nee Blewett, on 29th April 1924, at St Margaret’ Church, Woodville, SA. He travelled to England for postgraduate study and obtained his FRCS in 1925. He returned to Adelaide as an honorary anaesthetist at the Adelaide Hospital from 1928 to 1931. His wife, Hazel, died in Adelaide on 29th December 1930. He remarried Mary Muecke, the daughter of Andrew Percy Muecke and Ethel Eunice, nee Braund, on 4th April 1934, in Christ Church, North Adelaide, SA. He was the MO in charge of the night clinic at the Adelaide Hospital and an honorary clinical assistant, from 1935 until he enlisted in WW2.

Jose enlisted in the AIF, on 31st October 1941, in Adelaide and posted as a major to 10 AGH which was sent to Singapore with 8 Div where the Japanese captured it. Gilbert Edgar Jose died of illness while a prisoner in Changi on or about 27th March 1942.  His wife Mary and his son survived him.


Blood, Sweat and Fears III: Medical Practitioners South Australia, who Served in World War 2. 

Swain, Jelly, Verco, Summers. Open Books Howden, Adelaide 2019. 

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