Arthur G. Lay

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.

Residence: Ipswich.

Occupation: Clerk at Fison’s, Cliff Quay, Ipswich.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 7368890.

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, 196 Field Ambulance.

Grave Reference:

Ashes buried with 299 other men in a Common Grave – 9.M.9.

Commemorated on a Memorial Pavilion.

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery,


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.


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.

One Comment

  • The 1939 Register records him as living at 203 Bramford Lane with George and Vera Standring. His occupation is given as a “Chemical Worker”. The Fisons Journal for January 1946 has a list of employees who died in the war and “Corporal” (believed to be Lance Corporal?) A C Lay is listed as being in the Suffolk Regiment (incorrectly) and working for the firm at their Cliff Quay works. He is commemorated on the Bramford War memorial in St Mary’s church and is recorded as a Private in the RAMC. He was born on 21 July 1917.


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