Born: 19th November 1919, Debenham, Suffolk.

Died: 12th July 1943; age: 23; Japanese PoW – Thailand-Burma Railway.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5828591

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 5th Battalion – Infantry.


Grave Reference:


Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Ernest Edward & Rosetta Harriet Balaam; husband of Christina Rose Mary Balaam, of Capel St. Mary, Suffolk.


Father: Ernest Edward Balaam, born 1891, Aspall, Suffolk.

Mother: Rosetta Harriet Balaam, born 1894, Ipswich – died 1943. Ipswich.


On the 11th November 1939, Southolt, Suffolk, Edward married Christina Rose Mary Pipe, born September 1921. They had 2 sons.


Edward is also remembered on the war memorial at Debenham, Suffolk.

The Fall of Singapore

Singapore movie footage

 Suffolk Regiment, 5th Battalion 

The Battalions were attached to the 18th East Anglian Division.
15 February 1942: After the fall of Singapore, approximately 620 of the Battalions were taken POW and later mostly died on the Burma-Thailand Railway.


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