An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten


No. 2580601 Signalman, 18th Divisional Signals,
Royal Corps of Signals.

Died 31 July 1945, aged 24 years.

Buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand,
Grave 4. G. 44.

He is one of over 5,000 Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War buried or commemorated in this Far Eastern war cemetery. It lies near the notorious Burma-Siam Railway, built by the Japanese Army with forced labour from starving prisoners-of-war and press-ganged local inhabitants. Vast numbers died from malnutrition, disease and brutality.

John Hart Alderman was the son of William Richard Alderman and Nora Alderman of Marske-by-the-Sea. He entered Coatham School in January 1933, aged twelve, as a fee-paying day boy, joining Ingham’s House in Form IIIA. He was in the same form as Dove (q.v.). He probably left school in July 1937 at the end of his year in Form VA. He was first listed on the School’s Roll of Honour in December 1945, when the school magazine also noted that he had died in the Far East as a prisoner-of-war.