Born: 19th November 1919, Debenham, Suffolk.
Died: 12th July 1943; age: 23; Japanese PoW – Thailand-Burma Railway.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5828591
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 5th Battalion – Infantry.
Image courtesy of Kevin Knights
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Ernest Edward & Rosetta Harriet Balaam; husband of Christina Rose Mary Balaam, of Capel St. Mary, Suffolk.
Father: Ernest Edward Balaam, born 1891, Aspall, Suffolk.
Mother: Rosetta Harriet Balaam, born 1894, Ipswich – died 1943. Ipswich.
On the 11th November 1939, Southolt, Suffolk, Edward married Christina Rose Mary Pipe, born September 1921. They had 2 sons.
Edward is also remembered on the war memorial at Debenham, Suffolk.
Suffolk Regiment, 5th 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.