6 September 2009
6020746 Pte Herbert George Grimwade, 4th Bn Suffolk Regt
6020746 Pte Herbert George Grimwade of the 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regt, died on 6th September 1943; 66 years ago today. He was 27 years old and the son of Son of George John and Olive Ellen Grimwade of my home town - Chelmsford in Essex.
Herbert was captured by the Japanese and put to work on the notorious Burma-Siam railway. He was one of an estimated 13,000 prisoners of war who died during its construction and he is buried in Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery in what is now Myanmar but which was Burma until a few years ago. His grave reference is B1.D.5.
There's a moving tribute to the men who worked on the Burma-Siam railway by ex POW Bill Haskell HERE.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
Ancestry.co.uk (1939-1945 Roll of Honour)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The War Graves Photographic Project
Image of Allied POWs on the Burma-Siam railways taken from the informative Thailand-Burma Railway Centre.