Kenneth Dohoo

Kenneth Godfrey Arthur Dohoo b.1906, eldest son of Arthur Godfrey Dohoo, of “Tullynessle,” Devonshire Road,  Hornchurch, Essex, a principal assistant. Education Officer’s Department, London
County Council.

Kenneth was educated at City of London School & Exeter College, Oxford. MCS Cadet 1929. Police Magistrate SS. Assistant Adviser & Collector of Land Revenues, Segamat. Wife Beryl [nee Beck – married 1938] & daughters Jean [b.1939 Penang] and Anne [b.1940 JB] evacuated to Australia on Charon 8.41 then to UK 5.45. He escaped Singapore 2.42 on the Mary Rose but became a Sumatra internee and died in captivity 25.10.44 [38] Muntok.

W.H. McDougall wrote: ‘Last night died 4 men including K.G.A. Dohoo … a real gentleman & to me personally the most tragic death yet in camp. Dohoo died of malnutrition & malaria – lack of food and lack of quinine, as so many others are dying daily. His story is the story of the British community here. Bombed, shelled, wounded, sunk in Malacca Straits, swam for life and won, landed and interned penniless, clothesless. Never had a cent except occasional infinitesimal loans in camp, uncomplaining & cheerful, tolerant, cultured – but one of those persons constitutionally inept at almost every practical aspect of living… Always active in camp life, always willing to work on many jobs, but never succeeded in any of them …. but he was a man that other men loved because he was a genuine gentleman – heart & soul.’

His grave is shown as  F21 on the graves web page here. His private papers are at the IWM here. He is remembered by his children on the Malayan Volunteers Group website HERE.

Kenneth’s wife Beryl died 11.92 aged 83.