Dees James Bracken Fusilier 4274961
Name Dees James Bracken
Army number 4274961
Decorations None known.
Date of birth Birth registered in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1919; mother's surname Dees.
Age 25 at the time of his death.
Unit Enlisted in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Posted to the 9th Battalion. Served B.E.F.? Served Malaya. DIED 12/9/1944 whilst a prisoner in Japanese hands - at sea en route from Singapore to Japan when the transport Rakuyo Maru was sunk by an Allied submarine.
Company/Battery Y Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Not yet known.
Promotions None known.
Wounded Not so far as is known.
Prisoner of War Yes - captured 15/2/1942 at Singapore when the force was surrendered.
Died/Killed in action DIED 12/9/1944 - cause of death - drowning. Commemorated on Column 46 of the Singapore Memorial as presumably James' remains were unable to be recovered. Probate granted 6/9/1946 at Newcastle upon Tyne to Robert Henderson, Corporation employee.
Home address James lived at 37, Blandford Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. No further family information as yet.
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