MATHER, James Henry

Rank: 
Private
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Welch Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service number/s: 
3960750
P.O.W. number: 
12534
Died : 
Sunday, August 26, 1945
Died in service
Age: 
26
Pte James Mather 50ME Commando
Private James Mather was taken prisoner of war May 1941 in Crete, and died shortly after his release in 1945 due to ill treatment whilst a prisoner [1].
 
He had been imprisoned at Stalag 4C, a prisoner of war camp at Wistritz bei Teplitz, Sudetenland ( part of former Czechoslovakia).  His POW number being 12534. [2]
 
One of his brothers, 851729 Sergeant Kenneth Mather,  16 Defence Regiment R.A.,  also died during WW2 on the 13th February 1942 aged 20. He is remembered on the Singapore Memorial. [3]
 
His other brothers also served:
Ernest Mather served as Captain, RHA in Western Desert and Normandy;
Victor Mather served in submarines in the Pacific;
Barry Mather served in Korean War 1950-52.
 
Sources:
[1] Photo/additional info: Barry Mather (brother via SFROH website).
[2] National Archives WO/392/1 - POWs held in Germany or German occupied Territory Sec.1 British Army.
[3] Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.
 
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