Wait William Fusilier 4273893

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Name Wait William
Army number 4273893
Rank Fusilier
Decorations None known.
Date of birth Birth registered 1921 - mother's maiden surname Cockburn.
Age 21 at the time of his death.
Unit Enlisted in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Posted to the 9th Battalion. Served B.E.F.? Served Malaya. Declared MISSING in ACTION in Singapore 15/2/1942, now presumed to have been KILLED in ACTION on the same date.
Company/Battery Z 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 No - killed in action before the force was surrendered.
Died/Killed in action Presumed to have been Killed in Action 15/2/1942. No details available on initial interment and presumably his remains were unable to be recovered. Commemorated on Column 48 of the Singapore Memorial.
Home address Son of Thomas Wait and of Elizabeth Wait of Gallowgate Cottages, Norham, Northumberland.
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Fusilier William Wait - commemorated on this page - was the brother of Fusilier Thomas Wait, who died of Dysentery in captivity at Kanchanaburi in 1943, and is buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. 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.