Born: 1919, Islington, Middlesex.

Died: 13th January 1944; age: 25; died of Beriberi at Kanburi Camp as a Japanese POW on the Thailand – Burma Railway.

Captured: 15th February 1942.

Relatives notified 18th October 1944.

Residence: 29, Ellington Street, Barnsbury, London.

Occupation: Cardboard Scorer and Machinist.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 6020166

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 5th Battalion – Infantry.


Original grave site at Kanburi Base Hospital Cemetery. The body was exhumed, identified by records, and re-buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery on the 6th January 1946.


Grave Reference:


Kanchanaburi War Cemetery,



 Image courtesy of Kevin Knight. 


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick Walter Avis & Lily Howlett Avis, of Barnsbury, London.


Father: Frederick Walter Avis, born 1888, Upper Holloway, Islington, Middlesex. A Butcher.

Mother: Lily Howlett Avis (nee Gibbons), born September 1893, Newmarket, Suffolk.

In 1938, Lily married Alfred Gladding, born 1878. They made their home at 29, Ellington Street, Barnsbury.



The battalion was attached to the 18th East Anglian Division, (including the 4/5th Battalion of 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.

 The Fall of Singapore

Singapore movie footage

 Suffolk Regiment, 5th Battalion 


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment





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