Born: 1916, Ipswich.
Died: 28th January 1942; age: 25.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5831651.
Regiment: Cambridgeshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick William & Mary Miriam Markwell, of Ipswich.
Father: Frederick William Markwell, born December 1879, Ipswich.
Mother: Mary Ann Miriam Markwell (nee Otto), born 1888, Ipswich.
Before the fall of Singapore in February, fierce fighting took place against the Japanese. The British and allied forces held onto bridges causeways and railheads in an attempt to hold back the Japanese push across Malaya and onto Singapore. Singapore fell 16 February 1942 and the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history 80,000 British, Indian and Australian troops became prisoners of war, joining 50,000 taken by the Japanese in the earlier Malayan Campaign.