Born: 21st June 1915, Ipswich.

Died: 3:30pm, 30th March 1945; age: 29;  Died of Malaria as a Japanese PoW at Batu Lintang Camp, Kuching, Borneo.

Certified by Lt. Kalsuji Yamamoto – Medical Officer.

Captured: 9th March 1942.

Residence: 11, Beatty Road, Ipswich.

Employed: as a Bus Conductor before going to war. Eric also worked for Peter’s ice cream in his teens.


Departed from Java – 22nd September 1942 – with 1300 PoWs – arrived Singapore.

Departed Singapore – 9th October 1942 on board ‘Hiteru Maru’ – destination Borneo.

 Contracted Malaria – 24th January 1945.


Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 1548943

Regiment: Royal Artillery, 49 Battery, 48 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment.


Body buried 30th March 1945 at Lintang Camp Cemetery – E.16. On the 15th September 1946 the body was exhumed and laid to rest at Labuan War Cemetery.


Grave Reference:


Labuan War Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of A.A. Aldis & Grace Aldis, of 48, Cobbold Street, Ipswich; husband of Lily Grace Aldis, of Ipswich.


Father: Avory Alfred Godbold Aldis, born 1895, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

Mother: Grace Constance Aldis (nee Bridges), born 1894, Ipswich.


Eric Aldis and family. L to R Grace, Eric, Roy, Eva & Avory.


In 1936, Ipswich, Eric married Lily Grace Potter, born May 1916, Ipswich – daughter of George William Potter, an engine driver for London North Eastern Railway & Louise Potter (nee Woods), of 71, Great Whip Street, Ipswich. 

They had 2 children.



Eric and Lily were living with their two children at their family home – 11, Beatty Road, Ipswich. Eric was employed as a Bus Conductor, and at a Grocery Provisions as a Shop Assistant.


A family note:

One night my grandmother woke in the middle of the night saying Eric was calling her. Grandad (also Avory) told her not to be so silly as Eric was overseas with the military. Only a short time later they received the news that he had died – yes, at exactly the day and time (3.30 in the afternoon where he was) that she had awoken.

Photographs and extra information courtesy of Dee.




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