Forster John Alexander Corporal 4273913

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Name Forster John Alexander
Army number 4273913
Rank Corporal
Decorations None known.
Date of birth Birth registered in Berwick in 1921, mother's maiden surname Henderson.
Age 21
Unit Enlisted in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Posted to the 9th Battalion. Served B.E.F.? Served Malaya. DIED 7/9/1943 at Kanchanaburi, Siam, whilst a prisoner of the Japanese.
Company/Battery HQ Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Not yet known.
Joined Brigade
Promotions Corporal.
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 of Dysentery, Beri Beri, malaria and debility 7/9/1943. Buried initially in Grave 150 at Kanchanaburi Paper Mill by Reverend Davidson. Re-interred 30/1/1946 in Grave 2.J.7. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Headstone inscription reads:- "WE LONG FOR THE TOUCH OF A VANISHED HAND THE SOUND OF A VOICE THAT IS STILL". Probate granted 15/7/1946 at Newcastle upon Tyne to Ethel Miller Forster, wife of John Alfred Forster.
Home address Son of John Alfred and Ethel Miller Forster of Berwick on Tweed. John had lived at 10, Bankhill, Berwick on Tweed, with his family.
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