Poll James Elliott Fusilier 4275293

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Name Poll James Elliott
Army number 4275293
Rank Fusilier
Decorations None known.
Date of birth Birth registered in 1919 at Tynemouth. Mother's maiden surname Elliott.
Age 25 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 12/9/1944 whilst a prisoner of the Japanese – at sea 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 presumablt James' remains were unable to be recovered. Probate granted 24/4/1946 at Newcastle upon Tyne to Walter Poll, timber labourer.
Home address Son of Walter and Sarah F Poll of Newsham, Blyth, Northumberland.
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