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Private 5951092 Harry John Fisher

5th Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment

29th November 1943

Son of Walter and Isabella Fisher, of Hammerfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, 2.D.41

This information was provided by Bernard Lamb, using a number of records in particular WO 361/2111: Prisoners of War, Far East: 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, nominal roll, held at the National Archives.  Read more in Bernard's article on this site.

Age at death:  21.

Place of Death:  Kanburi, Thailand.

Cause of Death: Dysentery, Malaria.

Memorial: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery Roll of Honour.

Address:  70 Sunnyhill  Road, Hemel Hempstead.

War History: Sailed from Liverpool 29/10/1941, arrived Singapore 29/01/1942, captured  by the Japanese 15/02/1942.

Departure from Singapore:  Overland by train 25/04/1943 with F Force.

F Force consisted of 7000 men of which 3374 were British. They suffered appalling losses and experienced the worst conditions of any work party. Songkuria was known as a death camp. Out of 1600 British men around 600 died while building a bridge and a further 600 after being evacuated to Thanbyuzayat.

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