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Captain Frank Spencer Hockey

49 Barton Road

History of 49 Barton Road

1939:

Herbert J Hockey, b 1887, estate agent

Mabel F, b 1888

Joan M Hargrove, b 1915

Eleanor MacIldoine, b 1914, medical student

Ada E Wing, b 1915, maid

Francis Hayes, b 1918, maid

Captain Frank Spencer Hockey, 1st Battalion Camb. Regiment,¬†was killed in action on 13th February 1942 during the battle for Singapore. He led a small patrol with Sgt Wade down to the perimeter of the estate to spot and eliminate a Japanese sniper. Unfortunately soon after the two men disappeared into the gloom the area was targeted by an artillery barrage. Sgt Wade’s body was found some months later. Capt Hockey was never found. Captain Hockey’s name now appears on the Singapore War Memorial at Kranji.

(For more information on the Cambridgeshire Regiment in WWII read ‘Battalion at War – Singapore 1942’ by Michael Moore, Gliddon Books 1988)

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