This account of Percy Bradbury has been given from Percy’s great-nephew, Lee Bradbury and it is reproduced here with his kind permission. Percy served with the 5th Suffolk Battalion and died as a POW at the hands of the Japanese after the fall of Singapore. Percy’s nephew, Ken, (Lee’s father) was born in January 1933 (the same day Hitler took power in Germany) and remembers Percy sitting in the parlour at Bankside, Southall with his brother, in uniform just before leaving the UK.
Private Percy Bradbury, 5833402, served with the 5th Suffolk Battalion despite living in Bankside, Southall, Middlesex, London, at that time. He was captured after the fall of Singapore with the 5th Suffolk Battalion and died as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese, aged 26, on the 21st July 1943 from dysentery and is buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row P, Collective Grave 54-58. Percy’s entry in the 5th Suffolk Battalion roll, detailed as having died in Changi hospital.
Private Percy Bradbury
5833402, CE, Labourer
Born: 15th August 1916; Joined: 27th June 1940
Died: (estimated) 21st July 1943, Dysentry, Tampi, Thailand
Next of kin, mother – Mrs. Bradbury, 14 Bankside, Southall, Middlesex