Smith James Phorsen Fusilier 4270864

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Name Smith James Phorsen
Army number 4270864
Rank Fusilier
Decorations None as far as is known.
Date of birth Not yet known.
Age 27 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 30/6/1943 whilst a prisoner of the Japanese – location Tonchan South, Siam.
Company/Battery Z Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Not yet known.
Joined Brigade
Promotions None as far as is 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 30/6/1943 - cause of death Cholera. Interred in Communal Grave 12 (Cholera Cemetery) by Reverend J H Short, Chaplain to the Forces. Re-interred 14/3/1946 in Collective Grave 6. G. 1-67. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Headstone inscription reads:- "WE CANNOT KNEEL BESIDE HIS GRAVE O HEAVENLY FATHER, GUARD THE PLACE".
Home address Son of Robert and Margaret Smith of Coxhoe, County Durham. Mother lived at 3, Commercial Road, Coxhoe.
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