Holleywell James Fusilier 4273556
Name Holleywell James
Army number 4273556
Decorations None known.
Date of birth Research indicates birth registered Q4 1904, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Age 35 (? 38)
Unit Enlisted in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Posted to the 9th Battalion. Served B.E.F.? Served Malaya. DIED 5/7/1943 at Tochan South, Siam, whilst a prisoner of the Japanese.
Company/Battery HQ Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Not yet known.
Promotions None known.
Wounded Not as far as is known.
Prisoner of War Yes - captured 15/2/1942 at Singapore when the force was surrendered.
Died/Killed in action DIED of Dysentery 5/7/1943. Buried initially in Grave 12, at Tonchan South, by Captain J Collins 2/18th Garwhal Rifles. Re-interred 19/2/1946 in Grave 8.B.43. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Headstone inscription reads:- "IN MEMORY OF JAMES. REMEMBERED BY HIS FAMILY, GRANDFATHER, SISTERS, BROTHERS". Probate granted 12/4/1946 at Newcastle upon Tyne to John Thomas Holleywell and Mary Ellen Holleywell, his wife (James' grandparents).
Home address Grandson of Mr and Mrs John Thomas Holleywell of Alnwick, Northumberland. Married Emma Sproat, Q2 1926, Morpeth, Northumberland. He and his wife (according to Regimental records) had lived at 60, St George's Crescent, Alnwick although Emma Jane Holleywell's death was registered in December 1942 at the age of 36.
James Holleywell, who died of disease in 1943, appears to be the brother of Edward Holleywell, killed in action in Northern France 1940. They have adjacent Regimental Numbers and clearly joined up together.