Image from the Evening Star – 25th February 1942
Born: 24th June 1917, Ipswich.
Died: 28th January 1942; age: 24; Killed in action against Japanese – retreat down Malaya to Singapore.
Residence: 7, Prospect Road, Ipswich.
Occupation: a Brickwork’s Labourer.
Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 5828800.
Regiment: Cambridgeshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion – Infantry.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs James William Surry, of Ipswich.
Father: Benjamin James Surry, born 1882, Ipswich – died 1934, Ipswich.
Mother: May Miriam Surry (nee Clements), born April 1883, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939
Arthur was a Brickwork’s Labourer. He was living with his widowed mother at their family home – 44, Campbell Road, Ipswich.
May, unpaid Domestic Duties.
In 1939, Deben, Suffolk, Arthur married Marjorie May Emeny, born October 1921, Ipswich, of 29, Hilton Road, Ipswich.
They had 1 son:
James W. Surry, born 1940, 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.
Before the fall of Singapore in February, fierce fighting took place against the Japanese. The British and allied forces held onto bridges causeways and railheads in an attempt to hold back the Japanese push across Malaya and onto Singapore. Singapore fell 16 February 1942 and the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history 80,000 British, Indian and Australian troops became prisoners of war, joining 50,000 taken by the Japanese in the earlier Malayan Campaign.