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.
Father: Albert Watcham, born January 1878, Great Bentley, Essex.
Mother Emmie Louisa Watcham (nee Martin), born September 1893.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.
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.