Newton Sidney Fusilier 6210474

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Name Newton Sidney
Army number 6210474
Rank Fusilier
Decorations None known.
Date of birth Not yet able to be traced accurately.
Age 25 at the time of his death.
Unit Enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment - dates not known. Transferred to, or re-enlisted in, the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Posted to the 9th Battalion. Served B.E.F.? Served Malaya. DIED 12/9/1944 whilst a prisoner of the Japanese, at sea while en route from Singapore to Japan, when the transport Rakuyo Maru was torpedoed by an Allied submarine.
Company/Battery Y 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 12/9/1944 - cause of death - drowning. Commemorated on Column 47 of the Singapore Memorial as presumably Sidney's remains were unable to be recovered. Probate granted 9/7/1946 at Durham Registry to Margaret Newton, widow (Sidney's mother).
Home address Son of Christopher Newton and of Margaret Newton of Harton, South Shields, County Durham.
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