Image from the Evening Star Newspaper- 1944.

Born: 1925, Ipswich.

Died: 16th October 1944; age: 19 – during Operation ‘Market Garden.’

Residence: 14, Dickens Road, Ipswich.

Employed: at the Plough Works, of Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 14689773.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion – Infantry.

Grave Reference:


Venray War Cemetery,


The Netherlands.

Relatives Notified & Address: Youngest son of Arthur H. & Lily Cullingham, of Ipswich.

Father: Arthur Herbert Cullingham, born June 1890, Ipswich. A Night Watchman – Roads.

Mother: Lily Cullingham (nee English), born October 1891, Ipswich.

Douglas is also remembered by Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies with entrance gates, dedicated in May 1958, at Ransomes Sports’ Centre, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich

1st Battalion:
September 1939: On the outbreak of war the Battalion was based in Devonport. It was part of 8th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Division.
October 1939: They went to France.
May/June 1940: The Battalion were evacuated from Dunkirk and returned to the UK.
June 1944: The Battalion landed in Normandy (D Day). From then on was engaged in the North Western Europe campaign.


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment

One Comment

  • I am writing a piece on Doug’s best friend, Cecil Deller, who died on Christmas Eve and who was buried recently. They were sharing the same foxhole when Doug was killed, and Cecil never forgot his friend, revisiting his grave in Venray Cemetery many times over the years. I am in contact with a group of (mostly) Dutch people who have ‘adopted’ many of the graves in an attempt to add some personal detail to the bare inscriptions on the headstones, and I have been asked if I can locate a better quality image of Douglas. Any help would be appreciated. Malcolm


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