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.


Grave Reference:


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.


4th Battalion:
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.


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment

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  • My name is Gayle Byth. My mothers name was Joyce Elizabeth Thirkettle. Her parents names were Herbert Thirkettle and Beatrice Ellen Brett. Just wondering if we may be related. I live in Brisbane Qld.


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