Officer who organised WWII surrender of Japanese dies

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Lt Col Geoffrey Collingwood Sherman orchestrated the ceremony of Japanese capitulation in Singapore on September 12, 1945, which took place before 50 Allied generals.

Known as Lord Mountbatten's right-hand man, the father of three has died aged 93 at his home in Somerset after a short illness.

Last week around 150 people filled a church in the village of Long Sutton, near Langport, where the Union Flag flew on the tower for the first time since the Japanese ceased hostilities. Lord Louis Mountbatten formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the Japanese Imperial Army after officers handed over their samurai swords to their opposite numbers.

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