The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Cunningham
First Name:
Alfred Thomas
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX17706
Company:
‘C‘ Company, No. 11 Platoon.
Enlisted:
19.11.1941
DOB:
5.10.1916
Place of Birth:
Fremantle, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Charles Herbert Cunningham
Mothers's Name:
Elizabeth Cunningham
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Special Memorial 'C', Plot 28, Row D, Grave 7, Age 22.
Cause of Death:
Died of Wounds
Date of Death:
10.02.1942

General Description

Alfred Thomas Cunningham was adopted by his parents Charles Herbert Cunningham and Elizabeth Pratt who married in Perth August 1921.    His father Charles was born in Victoria and came to Western Australia to work at the Goldfields.  He was recorded living in Coolgardie in 1906.

The Cunningham family lived in various places with Charles working for the Railways.  In 1925 the family lived at Northam, 1931 at Boyanup and sometime prior to 1937 the family moved to their final destination Bellvue Hill.  Alfred was their only child.

Charles Cunningham died in Western Australia in 1959 and his wife Elizabeth died in 1966.

 

Soldier was wounded in action at Jurong Road and evacuated to an Indian Regimental Aid Post but was not seen again. Soldier’s date of birth and age at death do not correspond.

Alfred Thomas Cunningham was in fact born 5th October 1919, and not 1916 as he recorded on his enlistment 19th November 1941.  He boarded ‘Aquitania’ with 2/4th Reinforcements joining the Battalion sailing to Singapore.  He joined ‘C’ Company. Tragically Alfred died on 10th February 1942 from wounds he received during Battle of Singapore.

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Alfred Thomas Cunningham

 

Cunningham Alfred March 1945
Cunningham Alfred March 1945

 

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