Johnston Thomas Purves Fusilier 4274179

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Name Johnston Thomas Purves
Army number 4274179
Rank Fusilier
Decorations None known.
Date of birth Birth registered 1921 at Berwick. Mother's maiden surname Robertson.
Age 22
Unit Enlisted in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Posted to the 9th Battalion. Served B.E.F.? Served Malaya. DIED 19/7/1943 (CWGC has 18/7/1943) at Non Pladuk, 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 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 from Myocardiac nephritis 18/7/1943 (Regimental Orders show 19/7/1943). Buried initially by Reverend C Ross, Chaplain to the Forces at Wat Koke Nor Nong Pladok. Re-interred 20/4/1946 in Grave 4.G.1. Chungkai War Cemetery. Headstone inscription reads:- "O FOR THE TOUCH OF A VANISHED HAND AND THE SOUND OF A VOICE THAT IS STILL". Probate granted 10/9/1946 at Newcastle upon Tyne to Thomas Purves Johnston, senior.
Home address Son of Thomas Purves Johnston and Helen Smith Johnston of Berwick on Tweed. Father lived at Palace Green, Berwick on Tweed.
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