Wait Thomas Fusilier 4273895

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Name Wait Thomas
Army number 4273895
Rank Fusilier
Decorations None known.
Date of birth Birth registered Q3 1915, mother's maiden name Cockburn.
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 28/5/1943 whilst a prisoner of the Japanese – location Kanchanaburi, Siam.
Company/Battery Z 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 28/5/1943 - cause of death - Dysentery. Interred in Kanburi Paper Mill Cemetery, Grave 11, Kanchanaburi. Re-interred 29/1/1946 in grave 2.F.6. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. No headstone inscription.
Home address Father lived at Gallowgate Cottages, Norham on Tweed, Northumberland.
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Fusilier Thomas Wait - commemorated on this page - was the brother of Fusilier William Wait, who was declared MISSING and subsequently presumed KILLED in ACTION on 15/2/1942. His remains were apparently not able to be recovered and he is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial. This, sadly, is a feature of local Territorial Battalions where brothers and cousins often joined together. The two brothers' Regimental Numbers are only two digits apart.