I recently came across some newspaper articles telling of the death in Manipur in April 1944 of Thomas (Timmy) Sharpe from Chesterfield . He was employed by the Indian Civil Service. I have put together a brief history from internet sources but does anyone know any more about his death? He was captured and executed by the Japanese after his party was ambushed. ‘I am directed by the Secretary of State for India to inform you that a telegram has been received stating that your son, Mr TA Sharpe (Indian Civil Service) has been captured by a Japanese patrol on his way from Imphal to Tamenlong. Both the Secretary of State and the Government of Assam regret that your son has been captured and that India has been deprived of a very useful officer’ Thomas Arthur (Timothy) SHARPE was born on 14 Nov 1913. He was the son of Thomas Arthur and Emma Elizabeth Sharpe of ‘Ellesmere’, The Green, Hasland, Chesterfield and later moved to Hill Crest, Stretton Road, Morton, Chesterfield. His father was under manager at Bonds Main Colliery, and also at Morton Colliery. He attended Chesterfield Grammar School and Emanuel College, Cambridge where he had Major and State Scholarships. He studied mathematics and physics. In the Indian Civil Service Examinations he was 25th out of 600. He joined the Indian Civil Service on 15 Dec 1937 and studied oriental languages and then left the UK with three others in September 1938 to drive overland to India, via Persia, in a 30hp car. He arrived in India on 15 Dec 1938 to take up his first position. He was stationed first at Sylhet as assistant commissioner the following year he transferred to Sadiya in the same role and as assistant to the political officer. In Feb 1939 he moved to Dibrugargh as assistant commissioner and in the summer of the same year served for two months in Kohima before moving to Imphal in August 1939 where he became the President of Manipur State Durbar roughly equivalent to a local governing commission. Shortly after moving to Imphal he was involved in riots by Metei women over rice availability and was held hostage for a short period, albeit in a non-violent situation. Other senior British figures in Imphal at the time were Christopher Gimson (the Political Agent), LT Wilson (SP of Manipur) and Lt Col Hurrel, the Officer Commanding 4 Assam Rifles. Sharpe was in Imphal during the period in 1942 when it came under enormous pressure as large numbers of refugees and the retreating Army from Burma converged on Imphal having trekked out of Burma. General Stilwell and the party from the Baptist Mission under Col Seagrave were also walking out of Burma to evade capture and although they had signalled their intention their whereabouts were unknown. Sharpe was sent from Imphal with soldiers, pack ponies and supplies to try to find Stilwell in the Chin Hills, which he did on 14th May 1942. The group still had a further week of walking but were aided by Sharpe’s team and supplies that he had cached for this eventuality. On 18th May, after a walk of 21 miles that day over difficult terrain, they reached Sharpe’s base at Ukhrul and stayed at his house “a red sheet iron roofed white stucco place” where the American and British officers were quartered whilst the Seagrave group stayed in the guest house. The next day they carried on to a suspension bridge 23 miles from Imphal and were picked up by trucks there on 20th April for a ‘slippery slithering ride’ to Imphal. Sharpe was awarded the MBE and promoted for this, and was invited by Stilwell to be his honoured guest at his headquarters in China. Sharpe’s work seems to have involved him travelling around Manipur and he enjoyed the adventure. Just before Easter 1944 the authorities decided that after seven years in India it was time ‘Timmy’ had a leave in England and on April 18th his parents received a letter from him stating that he was going on one special mission to the frontier after which he expected to be returning home. He was en route from Imphal to Tamenlong when he was ambushed by the Japanese. He was said to have been captured and shot by the Japanese. Correspondence in the India Office suggests he was missing, presumed killed, as of 12th April but, according to the CWGC he died at Haoching on 9 May 1944. He is commemorated on the Roll of Civilians who died in WWII in Westminster Abbey and presumably has no known grave.