BASIL RAF GROOM

Born: 1918, Ipswich.

Died: 26th January 1942; Age: 29; Killed in action against the Japanese at Sengarang, North Johore, Malaya.

Residence: 165, Valley Road, Ipswich.

Rank: Second Lieutenant; Service Number: 164500.

Regiment: Cambridgeshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

 

Final resting place unknown.

Memorial Reference:

Column 56.

Singapore Memorial,

Kranji,

Singapore.

 

Father: Frank Benjamin Joseph Groom, born 1883, Kensington, Middlesex.

Mother: Blanche Beatrice Barker, born August 1887, Ipswich.

 

Probate to Frank Benjamin Joseph Groom, a Corporation Officer.

 

Before the fall of Singapore in February, fierce fighting took place against the Japanese. The British and allied forces held onto bridges causeways and railheads in an attempt to hold back the Japanese push across Malaya and onto Singapore. Singapore fell 16 February 1942 and the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history 80,000 British, Indian and Australian troops became prisoners of war, joining 50,000 taken by the Japanese in the earlier Malayan Campaign.

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