Fred A Clements

5834344, Private, 5th Suffolk Regiment.

Died on the 13th August 1943 aged 30.

Fred lived at 3 Frogmore Lane with his wife and daughter. Before joining the Army he was employed by Wright & Co. in Walkern.
The Battalion sailed from Liverpool on the 28th October 1941, it’s original destination being the Middle East. On route orders were received diverting the Regiment to the Far East. After a long, arduous, eight-week journey that had taken them via Halifax, Cape Town & Bombay the Regiment arrived in Ahmednagar on the 27th December. After three weeks of intensive acclimatisation and training the Regiment embarked on the USS West Point for Singapore where they arrived at dawn on the 29th January 1942, just two weeks before the island fortress would capitulate to the forces of the Japanese Imperial Army.

On the 9th February the Japanese landed on the north-western side of the island and began what was to be the greatest defeat the British army had ever suffered.

Fred died whilst a Japanese Prisoner of War and is buried in the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Burma. (B4.W.6.)

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