Image from the Evening Star – 15th April 1942


Born: 29th December 1919, Ipswich.

Died: 21st August 1943; age: 23; died of Indigestion as a Japanese PoW on the Thailand/Burma Railway.

Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.

Residence: 440, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a General Labourer.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5831234.

Regiment: Cambridgeshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion – Infantry.


Originally buried at Takanoon Cemetery, grave 137. Body exhumed, and identified by records before reburial at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, on the 7th February 1946.


Grave Reference:


Kanchanaburi War Cemetery,


Image courtesy of Kevin Knights.


Father: Harry Shelcott, born May 1882, Ipswich.

Mother: Florence Shelcott (nee Pugh), born October 1881, Ipswich.




Alfred’s father Major Harry Shelcott, of the Royal Artillery, Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, was recognised for his service in the Evening Star newspaper – 17th May 1945, on the occasion of his return home from India, after 11 years’ foreign service, aged 46. He first joined the Royal Artillery, at Woolwich, as a Trumpeter, at the age of 15. He saw service in India, twice. Harry was also with the 14th Army in Burma, during the Second World War. He was married with two sons – Alfred and John H. Shelcott, born January 1928, Preston, Lancashire – with the R.A.M.C.












Cambridgeshire Regiment.
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.


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