British gov't honors 100-Year old Ghanaian Veteran Soldier
The British Government through its High Commission in Accra has conferred the Burma Star Award on a Second World War Ghanaian soldier at Dzita in the Anloga District of the Volta Region.
The special award coincided with the 100-year birthday of the Ex-Soldier, John Dogbey Gana who served in the Second World War in Burma between 1939 and 1945. This is the first time a surviving and an elderly Ghanaian veteran soldier has been given such recognition in several decades.
The 100-year old John Dogbey Gana hails from Dzita, a farming and fishing community in the Anloga District of the Volta Region. He was of the young Gold Coasters recruited into the British Army in the late 1930s to join his other colleagues in Burma during the Second World War which lasted for six years.
According to available information on the war veteran, Mr. Gana was enlisted into the Armed Forces with identification number GC630577. Not only was he hardworking but also a reliable soldier and worker. He has also been described as quiet, intelligent and a tough soldier who discharged his duties to the admiration of many including his superiors and peers.
Presenting the Burma Star Award to Mr. Gana on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, the UK Defence Advisor in-charge of Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin and Togo, Lt. Col. Alastair McKechnie noted that the occasion also marked the 75th Anniversary of the victory of Japan in the Second World War.
He disclosed that the service and devotion to as well as the contribution of Mr. Gana to the Gold Coast, the Commonwealth as well as world peace in general was fantastic and significant.
Receiving the award, the Ghanaian Ex-Serviceman described the gesture as satisfying, adding that he wished the wife were alive to witness the event. Mr. Gana urged the youth not only to be hardworking and honest but also contempt with the little they have.
The eldest child of the Veteran Soldier, George Gana described the honour as an inspiration to them in particular and the youth of Ghana in general.
The award coincided with feverish preparations by the Gana and allied families to bury the wife of the Ex-Serviceman on Saturday, 4th September, 2021 at Dzita at the age of 90 years. Mr. John Dogbey Gana has 11 children, 8 males and 3 females as well as 40 grandchildren.