Harold Anthony Cheeseman

Memorial: South Gloucestershire war dead not on a local memorial

Regiment: Royal Artillery

Medals: 1939–45 Star, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Lance Bombardier 872087

Parents: Harold Edwin and Mabel Frances Cheeseman

Marital status: Single

Home address: Home Address: 36 Maywood Crescent, Hambrook. Lived: Kingsbury, Staple Hill.

Date of birth: 1923

Place of birth: Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland

Date of death: 09/04/1945

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Not commemorated on a local memorial

Age: 22

Further information:

Harold Anthony was born in Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland, the second eldest of seven children. He was the son of Harold Edwin Cheeseman an assistant secretary to the dairy who had also served in the Royal Artillery during WW1.

Harold Anthony's regiment (the 9 Coast Regiment) fought the Japanese in the Battle of Singapore (7 Feb 1942 – 15 Feb 1942) and when Singapore fell Harold was taken prisoner of war and was held at Changi prison before being moved Northward in May 1942 to work on the construction of airfields and the infamous Burma railway. Harold was held prisoner at Number 10 POW camp, Long Thanh, near Saigon in Viet Nam and he died as the result of allied aerial bombing attacks on Japanese installations. Harold was originally buried in Saigon Military Cemetery, then reburied at Singapore in 1954.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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