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.