Born: 24th September 1913, Ashbocking, Suffolk.
Died: 7th September 1943; age: 30; died of Colitis as a Japanese PoW – Thailand/Burma Railway.
Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.
Residence: 81, Shakespeare Road, Ipswich.
Occupation: Regular Soldier.
Mentioned in Despatches.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 5826024.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion – Infantry.
Cremated by the Japanese. In January 1946 ashes reinterred by the Army Graves Service.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William G. Stopher & of Kate Stopher, of Ipswich.
Father: William George Stopher, born October 1869, Ashbocking, Suffolk. A Malster’s Labourer.
Mother: Kate Stopher (nee Hurrell), born October 1892, Somersham, Suffolk.
Probate to Kate Stopher – mother.
September 1939: On the outbreak of war the Battalion was in India and at Mhow.
November 1939: It moved up North Western Frontier to the Razmak. For three years they were engaged against the tribesmen in the Tochi Valley and in internal security.
October 1943: The Battalion joined 123rd Indian Infantry Brigade and took part in the Burma campaign including the Arakan and Imphal.