Albert Edward Fallows

Albert Edward Fallows was born in Bolton in 8 January 1898.

He was the son of Edward and Mary Alice Fallows.

His father, Edward Fallows, was a master butcher with several shops in Bolton who also served as a town Councillor. He served in World War 1 and died in 1921

Albert had a younger brother, Thomas Harold, and an older sister, Edith.

His primary education was at Ridgway's Endowed School in Bolton. He attended Bolton Church Institute from 18 September 1911 (IVB) to 29 July 1915 (V).

Albert served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the the Royal Garrison Artillery in World War 1 and was badly wounded.

After the war went to Bristol University and took a degree in civil engineering and captained the University Soccer XI.

Following university he spent several months working in the Bolton Borough Council Engineering section. In 1924 he embarked on almost twenty years service in Malaya, beginning as Assistant Engineer, Anti-Malaria Branch, Federated Malay States. By 1940 he was Executive Engineer for the Public Works Department at its head office in Selangor.

He was married to Sarah Mary (known as Sally) and they had two daughters, Rosemary and Jacqueline.

His brother, Thomas Harold Fallows, left a sizeable bequest to the School – the T H Fallows Settlement. A School prize is named after his sister, Edith Fallows.

 

Albert's War

As well as his civil duties. Albert served in the 2nd Federated Malay States Volunteer Force, rising to the rank of Major. He was responsible for laying the aerodrome in Kota Baru, Malaya and was decorated for his services with Malayan Defence Forces.

He was killed while swimming away from the unarmed merchant ship SS Kuala which was bombed, machine gunned and sunk by Japanese aircraft off Pom Pong Island on 14 February 1942 while carrying over 500 people being evacuated from Singapore.

There is a memorial to him on his parents' grave at Christ Church, Harwood, Bolton.

HIs wife was also reported as having been lost in the same action but the death notice for Albert (below) and that she is not listed on the CWGC records suggests otherwise.

 

Bolton Journal and Guardian
1 May 1943

Roll of Honour

FALLOWS – Died of wounds by enemy action at sea off Singapore. Major ALBERT E FALLOWS PWD Malaya elder son of of the late Counc. Edward Fallows and Mrs Fallows, Owen Villa, Breightmet, Beloved husband of Sarah Mary, and devoted father of Rosemary, and Jacqueline, 57, Branksome Wood-rd, Bournemouth. Deeply regretted. Thy will be done.

 

 

 

Albert Edward Fallows

Major

Federated Malay States Volunteer Force

Born: Bolton 8 January 1898

Died: off Singapore 14 February 1942

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