Image taken from the Evening Star – 2nd April 1942.
Born: 21st July 1917, Tye Cottage, Tye Lane, Bramford, Suffolk.
Died: 9th June 1943; age: 25; died of Cholea as a Japanese PoW at Nieke Camp – Thailand/Burma Railway.
Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.
Occupation: Clerk at Fison’s, Cliff Quay, Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 7368890.
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, 196 Field Ambulance.
Ashes buried with 299 other men in a Common Grave – 9.M.9.
Commemorated on a Memorial Pavilion.
Father: Walter Edward Lay, born February 1884, Bramford, Suffolk. A Chemical Labourer – Fertiliser & Chemical Works.
Mother: Ada Lay (nee Bone), born May 1881, Stowmarket, Suffolk.
Lay family home – 12, Parish Pond, Bramford, Suffolk.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939
Arthur was a Chemical Worker and part of the Decontamination Squad. He was living with his sister & brother-in-law at their home 203, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.
George Fletcher Standring, a Fruiter’s Roundsman, born December 1910, Ipswich.
Vera Ada Standring (nee Lay), an Apple Picker & Packer, born September 1910, Bramford, Suffolk.
Arthur was a keen footballer, often playing for Whitton.
In 1941, Ipswich, Arthur married Kate Ellen Wilden (nee Mason), born October 1905, Ipswich – daughter of Carrington William Mason, an iron turner, and Edith Sarah Mason (nee Wood), of 103, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.