Tom Lewis KIA Burma March 1942

Discussion in 'Burma & India' started by Owen Ap Benfro, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. Tom Lewis is shown on his parents headstone at Fishguard Pembrokeshire, as:
    "the son of James & Mary Lewis who fell in action Burma March 1942 Aged 24"

    However I have been unable to identify him on CWGC database. He is not to be confused with the Tom Lewis buried at Pembroke Cemetery Malta also in March of 1942.

    No doubt someone can point me in the right direction to amplify his details.
    Rgds
    Owen Ap Benfro
    Pembrokeshire Military Headstones 1722 to 2008
     
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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    CWGC - Casualty Details


    LEWIS, WILLIAM THOMAS

    Rank:Private
    Service No:5184222
    Date of Death:Between 17/04/1942 and 19/04/1942
    Age:24
    Regiment/Service:Gloucestershire Regiment 1st Bn.
    Panel ReferenceFace 12.Memorial
    RANGOON MEMORIAL
    Additional Information:
    Son of James and Mary Lewis, of Fishguard, Pembrokeshire.
     
  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Extract from 1 Glosters war diary that is on a disc sent to me by Paul Reed
    WO 172/861
     

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  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Photo I asked Tony aka bucklt to send me to post on the thread.
    Name on Rangoon Memorial.
     

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  5. Buteman

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

    Nice work Owen.
     
  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Nice work Owen.

    Seconded :)
     
  7. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Owen

    Well spotted !

    One can't help wondering why the member who posted the initial query has not been back to acknowledge the help received.

    But then, this sort of thing has always puzzled me :(

    Ron
     
  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Owen

    Well spotted !

    One can't help wondering why the member who posted the initial query has not been back to acknowledge the help received.

    But then, this sort of thing has always puzzled me :(

    Ron

    Ron,

    Wouldn't mind a fiver for each time this has happened to me, but then we a special thread for just such queries. Don't we?:)
     
  9. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

  10. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review... Patron

    Some people consider this place to be an interactive version of wiki, with a fuzzy-logic circuit built in, but then again, if we only did this for ourselves...
     
  11. Dear All,
    I apologise unreservedly for not having acknowledged the effort people have put in on my behalf. There are two reasons,
    1 I had not realised that people answered my thread, and that I would not receive a 'tip off', which I thought would be done automatically, lesson learnt.
    2. at the time of origination of this thread, I was suddenly diagnosed with 3 different types of cancer, plus other serious problems, plus the sudden loss of voice for varying periods(I do talks and exhibitions on local military history), plus reoccurrence of heart attack problems so please understand that I have done nothing but almost live in various hospitals around Sth Wales, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable.
    Thus my research has taken a back seat whilst I contend with nbr 2. It is only now that I am trying to regain interest in research.
    Once again my most sincere apologies and lack of consideration in this matter.
    Rgds
    Owen Ap Benfro
     
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  12. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Hi Owen,

    Sorry to hear about your health problems, I do hope that things will improve for you going forward.

    Attached is another small snippet in regard to the time stated for Tom's death. The battalion had reached the valuable oil fields at Yenangyuang and were dealing with the Japanese and attempting to prevent these resources falling into enemy hands.

    The document is from the Gloucesters missing in action witness statements found at the National Archives. I have had a quick look, but cannot find any mention of Tom.

    Best wishes

    Steve

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  13. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review... Patron

    Sounds like a pretty feeble excuse Owen, if you're asking me...! :biggrin:

    In all seriousness, sounds like you've had it pretty rough, and then some... hopefully you're over the worst and well on the road to recovery... many of us here have lost friends and family, if not personal meetings with those issues, so...

    Re the "tip-off"... if you go to your name top-right and you will find in amongst the settings there are a bunch of notification options with loads of "tip-off" variations...

    ps... welcome back...
     
  14. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    No worries.
    Hope you on the road to recovery.
     

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