Image from the Evening Star – 17th February 1942.
Born: 1918, Ipswich.
Died: 26th January 1942; Age: 23; Killed in action against the Japanese at Sengarang, North Johore, Malaya.
Residence: 165, Valley Road, Ipswich.
Employed: R. & W. Paul Ltd., Ipswich.
Joined the Territorials in 1938 with several other Old Grammarians, Basil was called up at the beginning of the war.
Rank: Second Lieutenant; Service Number: 164500.
Regiment: Cambridgeshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion. (formaly Suffolk regiment )
Final resting place unknown.
Father: Frank Benjamin Joseph Groom, born May 1883, Kensington, Middlesex.
Mother: Blanche Beatrice Barker, born August 1887, Ipswich.
Educated at the Central School, Ipswich.
A member of the Old Grammarians Football Club, and of the Greyhound Cricket Club, and the Y.M.C.A.
Probate to Frank Benjamin Joseph Groom – father, 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.