Image from the Evening Star – 13th April 1942
Born: 1917, Ipswich.
Died: 14th May 1943; age: 26; died of Indigestion as a Japanese PoW – Thailand/Burma Railway.
Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.
Residence: 113, Ranelagh Road, Ipswich.
Employed: by the Ipswich Co-operative Society.
Rank: Lance Sergeant; Service Number: 5829803.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion – Infantry.
Originally buried at Chungkai Cemetery Extension. Body exhumed, identified by a cross on grave and reburied 13th August 1948 at Chungkai War Cemetery.
Relatives Notified & Address: Youngest son of George Ernest & Harriet Ellen Thirkettle, of Ipswich.
Father: George Ernest Thirkettle, born 1876, Moulton St. Mary, Norfolk. A Carpenter.
Mother: Harriet Ellen Thirkettle (nee Wymer), born March 1881, Moulton St. Mary, Norfolk.
Probate to Harriet Ellen Thirkettle – mother.
Charles is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary at Stoke Church, Ipswich.
The Battalions were attached to the 18th East Anglian Division.
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.