AVES, Donald Leslie Ernest

No.3968812, Private, Donald Leslie Ernest AVES
Aged 27

13th Battalion, The King's Liverpool Regiment
Died in captivity on Saturday, 23rd October 1943

Born in Mildenhall in Q2-1916 [Mildenhall 4a:1827] , the son of John and Phoebe Elizabeth AVES (née MILLER) of Fullers Yard, Kingsway, Mildenhall (1911). He married Ruby Jane DEAN in Q3-1939.

In the 1939 register he was a milk roundsman, at Warren Lodge Cottage, Old Station Road, Newmarket with his wife Ruby Jane [4-9-1911].
His father John [17-10-1883], a bricklayer, and mother Phoebe [17-10-1886] were at The Bungalow, Holywell Road, Mildenhall with his grandfather Richard MILLER [1858] a retired labourer.

His was Column 8, one unit of the Chindits on Operation Longcloth which started behind enemy lines in Burma in February 1943. It is believed that he was captured on 10th July 1943 and died of beri-beri in Rangoon Jail.
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Initially buried in Rangoon cantonment cemetery, he was re-interred in Rangoon Military Cemetery on 14th June 1946.

This was Rangoon Jail in 1945... "Japs Gone" and "Extract Digit" on roofs

photo from asiawargraves.com

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Donald is buried in Rangoon War Cemetery, Myanmar- Ref: 5.C.5
and commemorated on the Newmarket war memorial (as Donald Aves)

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