Image taken from the Evening Star – 8th April 1942.
Born: 1920, Ipswich.
Died: 15th February 1942; age: 21; killed in the fighting for Singapore/Malaya.
Residence: 35, Handford Road, Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5826769.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion – Infantry.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John Low Skeels & Maud Skeels, of Ipswich.
Father: John Low Skeels, born 1874, Somersham, Huntingdonshire – died 1933, Ipswich.
Mother: Maud Skeels (nee Cudmore), born June 1885, Mount Bures, Essex.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939
Edward was living with his widowed mother, step sister & brother at their family home – 35, Handford Road, Ipswich.
Maud, unpaid Domestic Duties.
Basil Lowe Skeels, at School, born January 1927, Ipswich.
Joan Lydia Cudmore, Domestic Daily Help, born June 1906, Mount Bures, Essex.
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.