Born: 1923, Ipswich.
Died: 23rd August 1944; age: 21; German PoW – Stalag 18A. ( killed in air raid )
Residence: 36, Rands Way, Ipswich.
Rank: Private: Service Number: 5837302.
Regiment: Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John Thomas Dowson & Dorothy Rosa Dowson.
Father: John Thomas Dowson, born May 1898, Hurst Green, East Sussex.
Mother: Dorothy Rosa Dowson (nee Leech), born December 1902, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.
John was living with his parents & siblings at the family home 36, Rands Way, Ipswich.
John Dowson, a General Labourer.
Dorothy Dowson, unpaid Domestic Duties.
Clarence Wembley Dowson, an Errand Boy – Grocer, born May 1924, Ipswich.
Basil Ernest Dowson, an Errand Boy – Stationers, born August 1925.
Geoffrey R. Dowson, born 1927, Ipswich.
Rex George Dowson, born 1929, Ipswich.
Eileen R. Dowson, born 1935, Ipswich.
As yet it is unclear where John was captured, he is reported in an Italian Pow camp in 1944. The Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion served in North African Campaign in 1941–42, the Tunisia Campaign in 1942–1943, the Italian Campaign in 1944 and the liberation of Greece in 1944–1945.