Image from the Evening Star – 13th April 1942


Born: 30th April 1920, Ipswich.

Died: 21st September 1944; age: 24; at sea on board ‘Hofuku Maru’ as a Japanese PoW.

Captured: 15th February 1942 during the Fall of Singapore.

Residence: 59, Campbell Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Metal Machinist.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5833862.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion – Infantry.


Final resting place unknown.

Memorial Reference:

Column 56.

Singapore Memorial,




Fourth son of:

Father: Charles Ransome, born May 1888, Lidgate, Suffolk. A Baker.

Mother: Annie Martha Ransome (nee Double), born January 1889, Ipswich.



Charles was a Metal Machinist. He was living with his parents & siblings at their family home – 59, Campbell Road, Ipswich.

Charles, a Master Baker.

Annie, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Frederick Ransome, a General Labourer – Wine & Spirits, born March 1922, Ipswich.

Ronald James Ransome, a General Labourer – Sack Factory, born August 1924, Ipswich.

Gladys May Ransome, at School, born April 1926, Ipswich.

Frank Ransome, born August 1928, Ipswich.

Edith Grace Ransome, born March 1930, Ipswich.

Leslie C. Ransome, born June 1931, Ipswich.


Probate to Charles Ransome – father, a Baker.

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

21st September 1944
The Hofuku Maru cargo ship carrying 1,289 British and Dutch prisoners of war in squalid and inhumane conditions. The ship being part of a convoy consisted of 10 other ships, 5 of which caring a total of 5,000 POWs. Most of the men had been captured at Singapore in 1942 and were being used as slave labour. The Japanese decided to move the POW’s to Japan to work in factories, mines and shipyards.
80 miles north of Corregidor in the Philippines. The ship was sunk by an American aircraft, which they believed the ships to be caring cargo for the Japanese war effort. 1,047 POW’s died on board unable to escape from the hold. Those who were able to break out spent five days at sea clinging to wreckage, most were recaptured by the Japanese. All 11 ships were sunk.

Hofuku Maru

Hofuku Mar


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