HITCHINGS Alec Leonard
Regiment : 242 Battery 48 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
Service number : 11052513
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 12th March 1943 aged 31
Buried : Labuan War Cemetery, Malaysia, Grave H. A. 3.
Memorial : Pershore Abbey
Additional information on the memorial: Royal Regiment of Artillery.
Appears on the Army casualties list for Worcestershire.
The following report appears in Berrow’s Worcester Journal, Saturday 16th October 1943:
Gunner’s Death in Captivity
A Pershore wife and three children are bereaved by the death of Gunner Alec Leonard Hitchings, R.A., which is officially reported to have taken place in a Japanese camp in Borneo. Thirty two years of age he was stationed in Malaya when the garrison of Singapore surrendered to the Japs in February 1942, and it was about then he was captured by the enemy, a fact not known until many months after he had been posted missing. Gunner Hitchings, who was 32 years of age, was formerly an employee of Mr. T. Simpkins, builder of Pershore, and joined the Royal Artillery in the summer of 1941. He was the youngest of four sons of the late Grenadier Guardsman W.H. and Mrs Hitchings, of Pershore Fields, Drakes Broughton. His father was killed in France in 1916. His elder brother, James, of Upper Defford Road, Pershore, now home on leave, is a corporal in the Military Police, Bruce is in Canada engaged on war work, and Charles, of Birlingham, an agricultural worker is attached to the local Home Guard. Like their late Soldier father, they are all men of powerful physique. One sister is Mrs Edward Parker, of Evesham, and the other is the wife of Company Sergeant-Major E. Evans, of Pensham Hill, a prominent figure in the Pershore Company H.G.
The report includes a photograph of Gnr. Hitchings.