TARLING, Leslie James

No.5828512, Private, Leslie James TARLING
Aged 24

5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died of Illness in Captivity on Tuesday, 9th November 1943

Leslie James Tarling was born on 10th February 1919 (Maldon Q1-1919 4A:945), son of Walter Hardy and Lettice Miriam TARLING (née PORTWAY)
The Japanese had his mother as Lettice Tarling at 2 Lilley Cottages, Steeple Bumpstead. Seemingly he worked on a stud as his occupation was entered as "colt breaker" Brother Walter J was born in 1916 (Maldon Q2) and sister Winifred M in 1925 (Risbridge Q4). In 1939 his widowed mother was at 2 Lilley Cottages, Steeple Bumpstead (7 closed records). His father possibly died in 1930 (Cambridge)

He was not captured until 2 days after the surrender of Singapore to the Japanese.

From their regimental number James Wesley (5828507)-Leslie Tarling (5828512)-Reginald Wesley (5828518) and Leslie Ling (5828526) must have been mobilised in the 5th Suffolks at the same time.

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photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Leslie Tarling is buried in Chungkai War Cemetery, grave 6:G:9

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