Signalman William Henry Coker 11056346 18th Div

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  1. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Hi, I'm asking for a friend if any more info available on the above chap?
    COKER, WILLIAM HENRY. Signalman. Service Number 11056346. Died 12/01/1944. Aged 40
    18th Div. Sigs. Royal Corps of Signals
    Son of William A. Coker and Frances Mary Coker; husband of Sigrid Karen Coker. of Merton Park. Surrey.
    Buried at CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY. Plot 3. Row F. Grave 11.

    Have the 1911 Census info, but not the street in Wandsworth.

    Presumably captured at the Fall of Singapore.
    CWGC Information infers that many Chungkai deaths were at the hospital, and no Concentration details but always hope that there is more details out there.

    His wife, married 1927, 2 daughters, was a Sigrid Karen L Monsen-Elvik, can't find a Death as S Coker, so possibly remarried after 1944....

    Thanks in advance, Pals
  2. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    Sigrid K. Coker married Charles A B Cook at Surrey North Eastern in the June 1952 Qtr. Charles Alfred B Cook, born 23 December 1895, was previously married to Alice M Leach at Lambeth in the March 1918 Qtr. He passed away in the June 1980 Qtr at Surrey South Eastern.

    There's a Janice A Cook, mmn Coker, born Chatham in the June 1958 Qtr as well as a Melanie J Cook, mmn Coker, born Dartford in the June 1962 Qtr. I would probably rule them out as Sigrid Karen Cook was born 27 January 1904. She passed away in Surrey Mid Eastern in the December 1977 Qtr.
  3. ozzy16

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  4. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Thanks, will pass extra info on.
    May be a FEPOW Japanese record card...
  5. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Captured Singapore. FMP will have his Japanese Index Card, but I do not have a copy. Listed in R Sigs Pilot roll at Changi as leaving 3/11/42 for the Burma/Thailand Railway in Letter Party 'O'. Listed as Driver, 18 Division, Royal Signals.


    Extracted from list of 'O' Party


    Your friend may find this link of interest: Death Railway

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  6. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    From Findagrave.

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  7. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Some you already know.

    1939 Register has them living at 2 Kenley Road, Morden.
    COKER, William Henry / dob 20.8.03 / Married / Paint & varnish manufacturers representative / Air raid warden
    COKER, Sigrid Karen / dob 28.7.03 / Married /

    Register indicates that Sigrid later married to someone named Cook and there is a death record for a COOK, Sigrid Karen Q4 1977 in Surrey although her dob is stated as 27.7.04. Probate record for Sigrid Karen Laura Cook of 23 Hayes Wk, Cheam died 9 November 1977 Probate Brighton 3 April 1978.

    Marriage record for Q2 1952 COKER, Sigrid K married COOK, Charles A, Surrey NE.

    Coker 1.jpg Coker 2.jpg
  8. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    POW no, shown as 1737.
  9. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Thanks. Family members have visited the cemetery, but still appreciate the photo and other info.

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