|Birth: ||May 25, 1920|
New South Wales, Australia
|Death: ||Feb. 28, 1942, At Sea|
In Loving Memory of Signalman Clifford William James Cheshire A.I.F. Signals 8 Division, Australian Corps of Signals who died aged 21 on Saturday 28th February 1942. Signalman Cheshire was the Son of Clifford William and Lilly Cheshire of Broadmeadow, New South Wales Australia; Husband of Isabella Patona "Athena" Cheshire. Remembered with Honour Singapore Memorial, Singapore. Uncle Billy was the middle child of 7 children born to Clifford and Lilly Cheshire. Uncle Billy was my mums brother and typical of the young men of that time. He loved to dance and get dressed up, he made his own ties, he could also knit. He loved motorbikes and built his own Indian motorbike from scratch. He was the pride and joy of his mother and a beloved brother. Uncle Billy joined the army on the 24th June 1940. During a visit home he met the love of his life Athena Parris a beautiful Greek girl and they were married at 18 on the 21st September 1940. Their time together would be short as Uncle Billy was reported missing and presumed dead in Malaya on 26 march 1942. He never knew he had a son Gary born 11th April 1942 or that his beloved Athena had died on the 4 June 1942 age 20. She layed down for a nap with Gary and never woke up, the doctors said it had something to do with the brain. Another family had been destroyed by war. A war that Australia had been bought into by the British and an Australian leader that followed the big wigs of the day. When I think of all the men and women in the armed forces around the world who have lost their lives it breaks my heart. Not to mention all the innocents who die all because of pig iron or oil. My Grandmother never got over the loss of her son and never stopped trying to find out what happened to him. Through newspapers and the other men who were in his unit she heard numerous stories, stories that a mother should never have to hear but she never did get an answer. At the end of the war she thought that maybe he had been a POW and had loss his memory but of course that wasnt the case. So heres to you Uncle Billy and all the other Sons, Husbands, Fathers, Uncles and Boyfriends who have lost their lives in someone elses war. I love you, respect you and salute you, LEST WE FORGET. In the far east in Singapore, the Singapore Memorial bears on its columns the names of over 24,000 soldiers and airmen of the British Commonwealth and Empire who have no grave. The memorial stands in Kranji Cemetery. "They Died For All Free Men".
UPDATE:: APRIL 2012
After constant searching I have finally found what happened to Uncle Billy and will add the details at a later date.
The heartache and grief we feel has been a long time coming and the news has broken my Mother's heart.
Lilly Marshall Cheshire (1894 - 1965)
Isabella Patrona Parris Cheshire (1920 - 1942)*
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Singapore Memorial, Column 117
Maintained by: With Love, Colette
Originally Created by: SerenityNow
Record added: Jun 28, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14764643