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Fulton, A., Cpl., 1943
On Singapore Memorial is the name of 1102563 Corporal Alan Fulton, serving with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died 29/11/1943.

Son of Walter and Penelope Fulton; husband of A. Fulton, of Wallsend, Northumberland.

Simon Glancey has submitted the following:

Corporal Fulton was killed when the Japanese ship the S.S. Suez Maru was torpedoed and sunk by the American submarine U.S.S. Blowfish. The ship was carrying 548 British and Dutch P.o.W.s from Japanese work camps, as well as several hundred sick and wounded Japanese troops, when it was torpedoed near Kangean Island. The American submarine was unaware of the presence on board of the Allied men. Around 200 of the prisoners managed to escape, but the Japanese minesweeper, W.12, which came to the rescue, only picked up Japanese and Korean survivors. The minesweeper's captain ordered that any Allied prisoners in the water should be machine gunned - all those who survived the sinking were killed.


Suez-Maru Roll of Honour
The CWGC entry for Corporal Fulton

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