Milburn William Fusilier 4278465

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Name Milburn William
Army number 4278465
Rank Fusilier
Decorations None known.
Date of birth Birth registered Q1 1910, Auckland District of County Durham.
Age 33 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 31/8/1943 at Tarsoa, Siam, whilst a prisoner of the Japanese.
Company/Battery Y 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 Dysentery following Cholera 31/8/1943. Buried initially in Grave 165/2 at Tarsoa No. 2 Cemetery. Re-interred 1/3/1946 in Grave 4.B.33. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Headstone inscription reads:- "GOD'S GREATEST GIFT, REMEMBRANCE". Probate granted 8/8/1945 at Newcastle on Tyne to Grace Lilian Black, widow. William's address was given as 3, East Street North, Seaton Colliery.
Home address Son of John William Milburn and of Grace Lilian Milburn of Seaton Hirst, Ashington, Northumberland. At the time of the 1911 Census, when William was 4 months old, he lived with his parents at 21, Wellington Street, Southwick-on-Wear, Sunderland. Mother - Mrs G Black - lived at 3, East Street, North Seaton, Ashington.
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