CARPENTER, William Thomas James

Believed to be

No.5771284, Lance Corporal, William Thomas James CARPENTER
Aged 31

2nd Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Friday, 9th June 1944

The entry on the memorial is for Cpl William CARPENTER 2nd Royal Norfolk so this is more than likely to be the correct man.

William Thomas James N. Carpenter was born in 1913 [Mildenhall Q1-1913 4A:1823], the son of William and Alice CARPENTER (née NICHOLAS), later of Bury St. Edmunds. He married Ada Violet TURNER in 1940 (Norwich Q4-1940 4B:637),later of Bury St Edmunds.

In 1939, at The Orchards, The Green, West Row were his father [19-12-1886] farm labourer and mother [1-11-1884] and 2 closed records

The 2nd Norfolks were at the time pursuing the Japanese as they retreated. The Battle for Kohima had just succeeded in first holding then opening up the road to Imphal, forcing the Japanese to withdraw.

According to CWGC the 2nd Norfolks lost 14 men that day, all bar one buried in Kohima.

In the Kohima Cemetery is the monument on which are inscribed the words of the Kohima Epitaph:

When you go home, tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow, we gave our today

photo from

photo Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The tennis court markings can just be seen

William Carpenter is buried in Kohima War Cemetery, grave 2:A:16
and also commemorated on the war memorial in Mildenhall.

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

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