Collier James Howard Fusilier 4274935
Name Collier James Howard
Army number 4274935
Decorations None known.
Date of birth Date not yet able to be traced definitively - common name.
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 of the Japanese, at sea en route to Japan from Singapore when the transport Rakuyo Maru was sunk by an Allied submarine.
Company/Battery X 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 - drowned - 12/9/1944. Commemorated on Column 46 of the Singapore Memorial, as his remains were presumably unable to be recovered. Probate granted 10/4/1946 to John Samson Collier, retired postman.
Home address Son of John and Mary Collier of 47, Woodcroft Crescent, Hillingdon, Middlesex.
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