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To Ralph Hawtrey Deane,

I am replying to your query for a lost person, which I saw on the Britain-Burma Society's Lost Relatives web page (http://shwepla.net/Misspers.mv). You said:

George Blagrave Deane
I am trying to put together facts about my uncle's life in Burma in the thirties (till 1941), and his escape on one of the last ships to get away at the time of the invasion. The ship was sunk and he spent, I believe, 11 days in an open boat before being picked up by a New Zealand ship and landed onto St Helena.

My father, his elder brother, told me long ago that George had been the only person on the boat to be armed and therefore was the one who mantained discipline in the boat.

George worked originally for British Insulated Callender's Cables, then transferred to Burmah Oil Company for whom he worked as an electrical engineer in the construction of power stations and power networks. These he had to blow up when invasion looked inevitable - all his work over a number of years (seven?) was destroyed, possibly on government orders.

I wonder if anyone knows anything about him?

Maybe I can help a bit.
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