Douthwaite Lester Fusilier 4275043

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Name Douthwaite Lester
Army number 4275043
Rank Fusilier
Decorations None known.
Date of birth Born 1919, Wharfedale, mother's maiden name, Smith.
Age 24
Unit Enlisted in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Posted to the 9th Battalion. Served B.E.F.? Served Malaya. DIED 8/8/1943 (CWGC records show 7/8/1943) at Tarsoa, Siam, whilst a prisoner of the Japanese.
Company/Battery Z Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Not yet known.
Joined Brigade
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 Malaria and Malnutrition 8/8/1943. Buried initially in Grave 93/2 in Tarsoa No.2 Cemetery. Re-interred 1/3/1946 in Grave 4.A.62. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Headstone inscription reads:- "REMEMBERED ALWAYS WITH LOVE SINCERE, ONLY MEMORIES OF ONE SO DEAR". Probate granted to Wilhelmina Douthwaite, widow, 22/11/1945, Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Home address Son of Lister and Edna Douthwaite of Ilkley, Yorkshire. Married Q4, 1940, Wilhelmina Jordan, Newcastle upon Tyne. Husband of Wilhelmina Douthwaite who lived at 40, Brewery Road, Ilkley.
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