MASON, Felix Oswald Sidney

No.5775495, Private, Felix Oswald Sidney MASON
Aged 25

2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment
Died of Illness in Captivity on Tuesday, 15th May 1945

Felix Oswald Sidney Mason was born in 1919 in Burwell (Newmarket Q4-1919 3B:849), son of Offa William and Rosa MASON (née LINSEY), of Newnham Farm, Burwell.

In the 1939 register his parents, father [6-8-1882] a farmer; mother [26-7-1887] and brother Douglas G [24-10-1922] a butcher's assistant, were living at Newnham, Low Road, Burwell. There are 5 closed records.

The 2nd battalion of the Cambridgeshire Regiment arrived in Singapore ahead of their 1st battalion, on 13th January 1942 and were straight into action on the 16th, around Batu Pahat. Forced to retreat towards Sengarang on the 25th they found they were cut off. Ordered to destroy all guns and transport, they were then to attempt to break out through the jungle in small groups. Amazingly many did get through to Singapore, 70 miles away.
Felix was captured on 15th February 1942 when the British surrendered Singapore to the Japanese. He died somewhere along the southern part of the Burma-Siam railway

Originally buried at Teimopnta (km 271.17) on the railway, he was re-interred in Kanchanburi in February 1946.

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photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Felix Mason is buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand, grave 2:G:54

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