Image from the Evening Star – 15th April 1942.


Born: 1919, Great Bentley, Essex.

Died: 12th September 1944; age: 25; Japanese PoW – lost at sea.

Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.

Residence: Dairy House Farm, Belstead Road, Stoke Park, Ipswich.

Employed: at Messrs. Fox and Son’s shipyard for over 4 years.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5527809.

Regiment: Cambridgeshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Final resting place unknown.

Memorial Reference:

Column 61.

Singapore Memorial,




Father: Albert Watcham, born January 1878, Great Bentley, Essex.

Mother Emmie Louisa Watcham (nee Martin), born September 1893.




Albert was living with his parents & brothers at their family home – Dairy House Farm, Belstead Road, Stoke Park, Ipswich.

Albert, a Cowman.

Emmie, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Alfred Watcham, born March 1921, Great Bentley.

Edward Watcham, born 1923, Ipswich.

The Battalion was attached to the 18th East Anglian Division.

( including 4/5th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment)
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.

He was likely being transported to Japan to be used as slave labour when he died, the ship could of sank either in a storm or in many cases sank by the British or US forces, as the ship would have been a cargo ship. Many men died on such ships, in inhumane conditions, through heat, lack of food and water.



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  • Thank you for this information. This was my late Grandads brother and we only knew that he had lost him during the war. Very sad.


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