Born: 23rd September 1915, Ipswich.

Died: 8th December 1944; age: 29; Japanese PoW Thailand – Burma Railway. Killed while a PoW working in Burma on the railway on the Bridge over the River Kwai. Accidentally killed by friendly fire from the Americans who mistakenly thought the train he was travelling to work on was a troop train instead of a PoW train.

Residence: 128, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Builder’s Labourer.

Captured in Singapore.

Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 5825872.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion – Infantry.


Grave Reference:


Kanchanaburi War Cemetery,



Father: Frederick Ernest Albert Southgate, born 1881, Tattingstone, Suffolk.

Mother: Hilda Elizabeth Southgate (nee Sparrow), born 1892, Shotley, Suffolk.


Walter is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Peter’s Church, Stutton, Suffolk.


Probate to Frederick Ernest Albert Southgate, a Corporation employee.

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