Photograph courtesy of Michael Sayer.


Known as TITCH in the Army.


Born: 1918, Ipswich.

Died: 13th February 1942; age: 24; Lost in Action.

Known to be working on a demolition project in Malaya when the Japanese invaded.

Residence: 26, Riverside Road, Ipswich.




Rank: Sapper; Service Number: 2033503.

Regiment: Royal Engineers, 35 Fortress Company.


Final resting place unknown.

Memorial Reference:

Column 41.

Kranji War Memorial,



Father: Albert Edward Sayer, born August 1884, Bramford, Suffolk. A Bricklayer.

Mother: Ethel Rose Sayer (nee Welham), born 1881.

Family note : Michael Sayer:

The  photograph is of my Uncles taken in Singapore where they met by chance whilst en route to the Far East. Of course after that meeting they never met again.

Steve Brown :

Edward and Walter Sayer are my uncles. I understand that the photo shown of them together above was taken when they met purely by chance whilst in active service on the other side of the world. Walter in the Airforce and Edward (Teddy) in the Army, It was the last time they were to ever see one another. My poor Nana & mum were never to see their beloved sons / brothers again. Their father Albert Sayer had returned from the 1st world war suffering from shell shock after being shot in the head. Sadly he was committed to what was then called the “insane asylum” that had stood where the Two Rivers medical centre now stands on Woodbridge Road. The then family home of 26 Riverside Road was never to be quite the same again.

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