The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Reginald George
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘A’ Company No. 5 Platoon.
- Place of Birth:
- Bath, England
- Father's Name:
- George Andrew Tuffin
- Mothers's Name:
- Edith Henriette Tuffin (nee Derrick)
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Kranji War Cemetery, Special Memorial 'C', Plot 28, Row D, Grave 4, Age 31.
- Cause of Death:
- Killed in Action
- Place of Death:
- Tengah (defending airfield)
- Date of Death:
Tuffin enlisted AIF Oct 1941. He joined ‘A’ Coy 5 Platoon as a Corporal to CO’s Lt Walton and Lt Learmonth. He was one of five corporals for 5 Platoon.
Tuffin was mates with WX8712 Joe Borrow who had enlisted in 1940 and was also in 5 Platoon. Joe was WIA on the last day of fighting 15 Feb 1942 receiving a GSW to lower right leg and transferred to hospital. He died of his wounds and was buried the next day.
There were seven men from 2/4th and from Gosnells area who lost their lives. Borrow, Poole, Rubery, Meads,
Reg Tuffin aged 31 years, received a wound to the chest. It is uncertain whether he was shot by a Japanese sniper or a Sikh Bren gunner who was firing at an enemy aircraft. He was KIA defending the Tengah airfield which was quickly overrun with Japanese soldiers.
His family learn of his tragic death soon after.
Regs parents George Andrew Tuffin and Edith Henriette Andrews married 1907 Someset, England. Sister Roma was born 1909 and Reg in 1911. George died Perth in 1968 and Edith died 1967.
Reg arrived in Western Australia from Liverpool in 1912 as a very small child on ‘Belgic’ with his sister Roma and parents. George and Edith later had another son born in Western Australia.
By the early 1930’s the Tuffin family lived around Maddington area. Prior to enlisting Reg was a nurseryman.
In about 1936 Reg married Alice Jean White.
Reg’s death left his wife Jean widowed with two children, Lorraine and Reggie (Reginald James).
Tuffin – this was printed in the West Australian 18 February 1942. (For most KIA Singapore, their families were not informed until after 1945)