Sweeney Thomas Fusilier 4276942
Name Sweeney Thomas
Army number 4276942
Decorations None known.
Date of birth Research suggests 20/4/1915 but this may not be accurate, as there are many men with the same name born around this time.
Age 37 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 2/9/1943 whilst a prisoner of the Japanese – location Tanbizaya, on arrival by train.
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 when the force was surrendered.
Died/Killed in action DIED 2/9/1943 - cause of death as yet unknown. Interred Grave 117, Tanbizaya. Re-interred January 1946 in Grave B1.F.7. Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery. Headstone inscription reads:- "GOD GENTLY CLOSED YOUR WEARY EYES AND TOOK YOU IN HIS CARE - R.I.P.". Probate granted 17/5/1946 at Newcastle upon Tyne to Mary Lally, widow.
Home address Son of John and B A Sweeney of Newcastle upon Tyne. At the time of the 1939 General Register Thomas lived with his wife at West Farm Bedlingtonshire and worked as a tractor driver (again, this requires confirmation as the research threw up many men with the same name of similar age). Mrs Sweeney lived at 2, Westbury Avenue, Daisy Hill, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.