GILBEY Stanley

No.5933065, Private, Stanley GILBEY
Aged 27

2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment
Killed in Action on Monday, 19th January 1942

Stanley Gilbey was born in 1914 in Soham (Newmarket Q3-1914 3B:874), son of Arthur and Sarah GILBEY (née FROST).

He married Irene M. DENSON [27-10-1915] in 1935 (Cambridge Q3-1935 3B:1348). In the 1939 register she was at Speed Lane, Soham. One closed record

The 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire regiment were on the mainland during the retreat down the peninsular in 1942. They had arrived in Singapore on the "Mount Vernon" on January 13th and expected some time to unpack and settle in. Instead, on 16th January they were pushed into battle at Batu Pahat to cover the retreat. In the confusion reigning at the time they were first ordered to leave the town, then to return, despite the Japanese already being in the favourable positions established by the Cambridgeshires. Eventually surrounded they had to try as best they could to get back to Singapore in small groups. By this time though, Stanley was already dead.

Stanley Gilbey is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial, column 59

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