Kenneth Trevor

Kenneth Trevor was born on 28 November 1919.

He was the only son of Charles Murray and Ethel Trevor of of “Heatherlea”, 20 Rivington Road, Belmont, Nr Bolton.

His father, Charles Murray Trevor, was a foreman dyer and served as a member of Turton Urban District Council.

Kenneth attended first Bolton Church Institute between 15 September 1932 (1B) and 26 July 1939 (VI). He completed the Higher School Certificate in 1939.

He was Head Boy in 1938-39 - the last to hold the post before the outbreak of War.

He then briefly continued his studies at Manchester University.

Kenneth's War

Kenneth enlisted in the Army in 1940 and served as a Lance Corporal with the 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment.

He probably joined his battalion in Singapore and was involved in the defence of the island against the Japanese invasion. When the surrender was signed on 15 February 1942 all the regiment were taken prisoner and later marched (as F and H Force) to camps to work on the notorious Burma-Siam railway, a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. The Japanese aimed at completing the railway in 14 months and work began in October 1942. The line, 424 kilometres long, was completed by December 1943. During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war (British Commonwealth, Dutch, and American) died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in the course of the project, chiefly forced labour brought from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar).

Thanbyuzayat became a prisoner of war administration headquarters and base camp in September 1942 and in January 1943 a base hospital was organised for the sick. The camp was close to a railway marshalling yard and workshops, and heavy casualties were sustained among the prisoners during Allied bombing raids in March and June 1943. The camp was then evacuated and the prisoners, including the sick, were marched to camps further along the line where camp hospitals were set up. Prisoners suffered particularly from overwork, maltreatment, starvation, dysentery and cholera.

(information drawn from CWGC)

Kenneth died in captivity on 27 July 1943.

Kenneth was a keen member of Bolton Field Naturalists Society and they donated a bench in his memory which stood on Rivington Road at the junction with a village path, but it no longer exists.

He is commemorated on the War Memorial in Belmont Churchyard.

 

Bolton Journal and Guardian
23 July 1943
News has reached his home at Heatherlea, Belmont, that L/Cpl Kenneth Trevor, Manchester Regt. is a prisoner of war in the hands of the Japanese. He has been missing since the early part of 1942 when Singapore fell. He is an old pupil of Bolton Church Institute and was head boy in the years 1938 and 1939, after which he left for further studies at Manchester University. Enlisting in 1940 in the Manchester Regiment he went out East and served in that theatre of war until he was captured. He is the only son of Counc. C M Trevor of the Turton Urban District Council.

Bolton Journal and Guardian
7 December 1945

Belmont Man Lost

Counc. and Mrs Trevor of 20 Rivington-rd, Belmont, have received information from the War Office that their son, Kenneth, Manchester Regt. died while a POW in Thailand in 1943. He was formerly a pupil at the Bolton Church Institute, and before joining the Army in 1940, was a student at Manchester University.

 

 

 

Kenneth Trevor

Lance Corporal: 3533947

1st Battalion
Manchester Regiment

Born: 28 November 1919

Died: Burma 27 July 1943

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