Image from the Evening Star – 15th April 1942.
Born: 16th February 1910, Ipswich.
Died: 11th August 1945; age: 35; Japanese PoW – Thailand – Burma Railway.
Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.
Residence: 4, Frobisher Road, Ipswich.
Employed: as a General Labourer – Ipswich Corporation.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5827502.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion – Infantry.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Alice Reeve, of Ipswich.
1911 12, Lower Orwell Street, Ipswich.
Bert was a year old and living with his mother at the home of his widowed, maternal grandmother, aunts & uncles + cousin.
Emma Chittock (nee Pegg), 51, born Stowupland, Suffolk.
George Chittock, 26, a General Labourer – Iron Works, born Stowmarket, Suffolk.
Ethel Mary Chittock, 22, a Rug Sorter – Marine Stores Dealer, born Stowmarket.
Charles William Chittock, 16, a Labourer Porter – Provision Merchant, born Ipswich.
Pansy Chittock, 14, born Ipswich.
Maude Matilda Chittock, 12, born Ipswich.
Percy Albert Chittock, 9, born Ipswich.
Ethel May Chittock, 2, born Ipswich (Ethel Mary Chittock’s daughter).
Alice Chittock, 18, a Rug Sorter – Marine Stores Dealer, born Ipswich.
In 1915, Bert’s mother, Alice Chittock married widower, Samuel Reeve, born 1867, Ipswich – died 1935, Ipswich. A Shoe Finisher.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.
Bert was a General Labourer, he was living with his widowed mother, widowed maternal grandmother at the home of his uncle 4, Frobisher Road, Ipswich.
Percy Chittock, a Warehouseman – Wine & Spirits Merchant.
Emma Chittock, unpaid Household Duties – died 1941, Ipswich.
Alice Reeve, unpaid Household Duties.
Probate to Alice Reeve – mother.
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.