GEORGE CALEY

 

Born: 3rd December 1912, Great Blakenham, Suffolk.

Died: 25th September 1943; age: 31; Died of Diarrhoea as a Japanese PoW on the Thailand/Burma Railway.

Residence: 64, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Gardener.

Date of Capture: 15th February 1942.

Transferred overland in party ‘F’ 27th April 1943 – PoW Camp Kami Sonkrai.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 5835463.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

 

Body cremated and originally the ashes were buried at Kami Sonkrai Cemetery, row 28. Ashes exhumed and re-buried at Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery in December 1945.

 

Grave Reference:

B4. U. 16.

Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery,

Myanmar.

 

Image courtesy of Kevin Knights.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Walter S. Caley & Elizabeth Anne Caley; husband of Florence Emily Caley, of Ipswich.

Paternal cousin to CHARLES LESLIE CALEY

 

Father: Walter Samuel Caley, born May 1886, Claydon, Suffolk.

Mother: Elizabeth Ann Caley (nee Booth), born August 1886, Spalding, Lincolnshire.

 

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939

George was a Gardener, and living with his parents and sister at their family home at 1, Cement Cottages, Great Blakenham, Suffolk.

Walter, a Coal Trimmer – Cement Works.

Elizabeth, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Jennie Caley, born September 1914, Great Blackenham.

 

On the 18th November 1939, at All Saint’s Church, George married Florence Emily Wright, a Tailoress, born May 1920, at 99, The Street, Capel St. Mary, Suffolk – daughter of Samuel John Wright, a builder’s labourer and Emily Jane Wright (nee Mitchell), of 1, Wellington Street, Ipswich.

They had 1 son:

John Edward Caley, born May 1940, Ipswich.

 

4th Battalions
The Battalions were attached to the 18th East Anglian Division.
15 February 1942: After the Fall of Singapore, approximately 620 of the Battalions were taken POW and later mostly died on the Burma-Thailand Railway.

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