BULL, James

No.5777218, Private, James Arthur BULL
Aged 27

5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
Died in Captivity on Tuesday, 6th July 1943

James Bull was born in Soham on 24th March 1916 (Newmarket Q2-1916 3B:874), baptised in Soham on 10th November 1923, son of Arthur and Alice Maud BULL (née ELEY) of Mereside, Soham.

In the 1939 register, a labourer, he was at 107 Downfields, Soham with his father Arthur [24-11-1886] labourer; mother Mauid [15-6-1888]; brothers John [2-11-1912] labourer, William Sidney [24-2-1917] farm labourer; George [2-3-1923] farm labourer and Frederick [8-8-1924] mill hand; sisters Lilian [8-9-1920] and Elieen M ]17-9-1930] later Mrs KENT. There are 2 closed records.

Probate records give his address as Downfield, Soham, administration to his father Arthur, a farm labourer.

James was captured on 15th February 1942, the day Singapore was surrendered to the Japanese. The 4th and 5th Norfolks were, like the 1st & 2nd Cambridgeshires, and 4th and 5th Suffolks, fighting to the last minute in the Adam Road - MacRitchie Reservoir area.

He died working on the Siam-Burma railway. His PoW card gives his date of birth as 26th March. Originally buried at Hon Tok Camp No.1 he was re-interred in Kanchanaburi on 19th February 1946.

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photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

James Bull is buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand, grave 8:B:54

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