Thomas Henry Milward
1st/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters
Died on Sunday 8th August 1943 aged 40.
The 1st/5th Battalion, as part of the 18th Division, sailed from Liverpool aboard a converted P&O liner, the troopship Orcades. The Battalion was posted to Malaya to defend the peninsula and the island of Singapore against the Japanese. After Singapore fell to the Imperial Japanese Army, the battalion's men were among the thousands of Prisoners of war sent to work on the infamous Burma Railway.
Thomas is buried in the Kanchanaburi Cemetery Thailand.
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is only a short distance from the site of the former 'Kanburi', the prisoner of war base camp through which most of the prisoners passed on their way to other camps. It was created by the Army Graves Service who transferred to it graves along the southern half of railway, from Bangkok to Nieke. More than 5,000 Commonwealth and 1,800 Dutch casualties are buried or commemorated in the cemetery.
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