Richard George Read
1899/ 04/28 - Born Warwickshire
Son of George and Mary Read
1914 - Enlisted as a boy soldier aged 15 and 122 days.
Served in the RHA during WW1
1920s - Stationed in Egypt
1927 - Married in Cairo whilst serving in K Battery RHA.
1938 - Re-enlisted as Lt. (QM)
118 Field Regiment
Richard’s Tobacco Tin
1942/02/15 - Captured when Singapore surrendered.
PoW No. II 73
Interned at Changi and Towner Road.
New PoW No. 861
1942, November - Promoted to Capt. QM
Weight loss during his incarceration, he was 12st 10lb when he entered Changi in 1942. He went down to 7st 10lb while a Japanese PoW.
1945/09/02 - Liberated Singapore
Transported to Australia initially, suffering from Stomach Cancer, sent to Chester Military Hospital.
1946 September 11th
Chester Military Hospital
KEW:- WO 392/26, WO 345/43, WO 361/1946, WO 361/2063, WO 361/2187, WO 367/1, WO 361/2229,