The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Alfred Thomas
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘C‘ Company, No. 11 Platoon.
- Place of Birth:
- Fremantle, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Charles Herbert Cunningham
- Mothers's Name:
- Elizabeth Cunningham
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Kranji War Cemetery, Special Memorial 'C', Plot 28, Row D, Grave 7, Age 22.
- Cause of Death:
- Died of Wounds
- Date of Death:
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. Elizabeth Pratt was born in England.
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.
He joined the Militia and reached the rank of Corporal prior to enlisting with 2/4th.
Charles Cunningham died in Western Australia in 1959 and his wife Elizabeth died in 1966.
Cunningham 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 aged 22 years.
The below newspaper item shows Alfred’s parents sadly did not know of his death until March 1945.
Unfortunately, we know little else of Private Cunningham’s young life.