In September we remember...
Friday, September 1, 2017
In September we remember the loss of two of Eltisley's soldiers, their deaths separated by more than a quarter of a century and several thousands of miles.
Frank Riseley was a member of the 1st Cambridgeshires who were fighting in what became known as the Third Battle of Ypres. He had been severely wounded several months before and had not long returned to his Battalion when they went into action after a period of being in reserve. It seems he was killed in his first fighting since returning from sick leave. He has no known grave and is remembered, together with 35,000 others, on Tyne Cot Memorial.
Charles John Hall. Private 5956297 5th Battalion Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment, was the youngest son of William and Ann Hall; he had three brothers and four sisters. After duty on the home front his Battalion was sent to Malaya in early 1942. It surrendered to Japanese forces after the fall of Singapore. Charles was one of the thousands forced to work on the Burma - Siam railway. In 1943 his family stopped receiving word of him and it was not until the war's end that they discovered that he died in captivity two years year earlier. He is buried in Thanbyuzayat Cemetery.