Laidler Robert Fusilier 4273835
Name Laidler Robert
Army number 4273835
Decorations None known.
Date of birth 12/10/1919, Rothbury, Northumberland.
Age 23 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 5/10/1943 at Tamajo, Siam, whilst a prisoner of the Japanese.
Company/Battery W 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.
Died/Killed in action DIED from Dysentery 5/10/1943. His remains were buried initially in Grave 5 at Tamajo by Reverend J F Short, Chaplain to the Forces (subsequently deceased). Re-interred 9/2/1946 in Grave 2.Q.30. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. No headstone inscription.
Home address Family history research indicates that Fusilier Laidler's father was probably Richard Laidler, born 1877/8 and died in Newcastle in 1925. His mother Mary was formerly Rouan and lived at 13, Woodlands, Rothbury. He had siblings William, James, Sarah D and May Isabella.
Sincere thanks are due to Pat Laidler (who had visited Kanchanaburi and provided the family information) and to his friend, who forwarded the information to the author. Their efforts are much appreciated and serve as an excellent example to other families.