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.


Grave Reference:


Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery,



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.


2nd Battalion:
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.


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