Born: 1921, Ipswich.

Died: 29th November 1943; age: 22; Japanese PoW – massacred in the water off Kangean Islands.

Captured at Java.

Residence: 83, Morland Road, Ipswich.

Enlisted at Uxbridge, Gloucester or Penarth. They joined after May 1940.

Rank: Leading Aircraftman; Service Number: 1287882.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.


Final resting place unknown.

Memorial Reference:

Column 427.

Singapore Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Ethel May Watson, of Ipswich.


Father: Percy MacDonald Watson, born 1895, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk – died 1933, Ipswich.

Mother: Ethel May Watson (nee Read), born 1896, Winston, Suffolk.



Charles was living with his widowed mother & brother at their family home – 83, Morland Road, Ipswich.

Ethel, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Arthur MacDonald Watson, born March 1924, Ipswich.

1 other – Irene May Heard, at School, born August 1933, Ipswich.


Probate to Ethel May Watson – mother.


Previously held at Moluccas Ambon POW camp Java.

SS Suez Maru was a Japanese passenger-cargo ship, used as a hell ship, torpedoed by submarine USS Bonefish on 29 November 1943, carrying 548 Allied prisoners of war (POWs) of which many drowned and the rest, some 250 men, were machine gunned by the Japanese in the water

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