5933202, Private, Greig James KIRKPATRICK
Aged 23

1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment
Died on Sunday 9th May 1943

Born on 25th May 1921 [Rothbury, Northumberland 10b:1089], the son of Francis Sherd and Maggie Ann KIRKPATRICK (née GREIG). His mother died towards the end of 1938, in Newmarket.

In the 1939 register his father Frank S [28-8-1892], a widower, a stableman, was at 10 Field Terrace Road, Newmarket. There are two closed records

His Japanese PoW card gives his occupation as Retailing Tradesman, his mother as Margaret Kirkpatrick of 10 Field Terrace Road, Newmarket. He was captured at the surrender of Singapore to the Japanese on 15th February 1942.

James died of debility at Chungkai, Thailand, as a prisoner of war of the Japanese on the Burma railway. Chungkai had a hospital and was supposedly far from the worst camp on the railway. It was only 5 km from the bridges at Tamarkan

James was originally buried in Chungkai Cemetery Extension but moved into Chungkai War Cemetery on 13th August 1948.

photo from asiawargraves.com

James is buried in Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand Ref- 9.N.11
and also commemorated on the Exning Road plaque, now kept in the Exning Road Working Mens Club,

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details