HUBERT WILLIAM KNIGHT

Image taken from the Evening Star – 10th April 1942.

Born: 3rd November 1918, Croydon, Surrey.

Died: 14th August 1943; age: 24; died of Malnutrition and Dysentery at Camp 3A – Malay Hamlett, as a Japanese PoW on the Thailand-Burma Railway.

Residence: 143, Back Hamlet, Ipswich.

Employed: Professional Footballer on the staff of Ipswich Town Football Club. Hubert played about 9 games in the reserves in the 1937-38 season, including scoring in an 8-7 defeat away at Great Yarmouth. – Extra information courtesy of Ralph of Pride of Angliawww.prideofanglia.com

Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.

Transferred overland 5th August 1943.

 

Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 5828183,

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion, 18th Division.

 

Originally buried at Malay Hamlett Cemetery, in a joint grave No. 59. Both bodies exhumed, identified and re-buried together at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, in 1946.

Grave Reference:

Joint Grave 10. B. 7-8.

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery,

Thailand.

 

Joint grave with the body of Russell Purvis West, a Private, NX 59626 for the Australian Infantry, 2/20 Battalion. Russell died from Indigestion on the 14th August 1943, aged 39. Son of Alfred Arthur West & Lucy Maude Bell West (nee Purvis), of Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia.

 

Image courtesy of Kevin Knights.

 

Father: William John Knight, born July 1886, Trowbridge, Wiltshire. A Licensed Victualler.

Mother: Annie Mary Rowlands, born August 1890, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Family home and place of work – ‘Brewery Tap’ P.H., 4-6, Ham Street, Richmond, Surrey.

 

In 1940, Ipswich, Hubert married Marjorie Olive Hilda Allard, born March 1916, Ipswich, a Machinist – Coat Linings – daughter of Frederick Elijah Allard, a club collector for a drapery establistment and Bertha May Allard (nee Booty), of 143, Back Hamlet, Ipswich.

 

Probate to William John Knight – father, a Licensed Victualler.

 

 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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