Image taken from the Evening Star – 26th February 1942



Born: 1916, Ipswich.

Died: 28th January 1942; age: 25; KiA.

Residence: 76, Lindbergh Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Motor & Packer Dispatch Clerk – East London Rubber Co.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5831651.

Regiment: Cambridgeshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Grave Reference:


Kranji War Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick William & Mary Miriam Markwell, of Ipswich.


Father: Frederick William Markwell, born June1879, Ipswich.

Mother: Mary Ann Miriam Markwell (nee Otto), born March 1888, Ipswich.




Edward was a Motor & Packer Dispatch Clerk – East London Rubber Co. He was living with his parents, siblings & widowed maternal grandmother – at their family home – 76, Lindbergh Road, Ipswich.

Frederick, a Bricklayer’s Labourer.

Mary, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Frances Mary Markwell, an Alteration Hand – Ladies Tailoress, born September 1910, Ipswich.

Dorothy L. A. Markwell, born 1919, Ipswich.

Marjorie H. Markwell, a Chain Store Shop Assistant, born April 1921, Ipswich.

Winifred Mary Markwell, a Knicker Machinist, born June 1924, Ipswich.

Stanley Markwell, a School Boy, born November 1926, Ipswich.

Marion Lucy Otto (nee Turner), born July 1858, Ipswich.


Edward’s brother, Oliver William Markwell, was 33 years old, a Milk Roundsman, of 306, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich. During the Second World War, Oliver was a Leading Fireman for the No. 13 Fire Fighting Area of the National Fire Service. He had served for 3 1/2 years when his actions merited an official commendation – for rescue work during a raid on Ipswich – 1st/2nd June 1942 at night. The commendation was recommended by Fire Force Commander of No. 13 Area. On the 20th June 1942, No. 4 (Eastern) Regional Commissioner recommended the commendation which was then considered by the committee on the 4th August 1942. They were all satisfied that Oliver Markwell displayed a fine example of courage and devotion to duty and that such action resulted in the effective rescue of the victims concerned who could not have survivied.

Copy of Report by Fire Force Commander dated 20th June 1942 – Detailed to take charge of a pump crew and to patrol the Bixley Road area during the phase of this night raid, Leading Fireman Markwell displayed great initiative, courage and devotion to duty in effecting the rescue of five victims trapped in a burning dwelling house which had been wrecked as the result of an H.E. bomb. Seeing the collapsed building on fire, Markwell gave instructions to his crew to get to work from the water supply available in the actual bomb crater. When warned by a by-stander, wearing a steel helmet, that there were victims inside the house, Markwell promptly attempted to effect the rescue of the inmates. Although the premises were extremely difficult to enter as the result of fire and bomb damage, Markwell succeeded in removing sufficient debris to afford access and to provide a means for releasing the trapped victims who were ultimately rescued Father, Mother, two daughters and one son were all extricated, although the Mother was found dead.

The Newstead family, of 129 Bixley Road, Ipswich:

Father – 49 year old, Frank Barham Newstead.

Mother – 44 year old, Bertha Edith Newstead (nee Rowe).

Son – 16 year old, Ronald Frank Newstead.

Daughter – 21 year old, Olga Grace Newstead.

Daughter – 12 year old, Eileen Jessie Newstead.

The Battalion was attached to the 18th East Anglian Division.( including 4/5th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment)
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.

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.

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