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.
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, of 71, Great Whip Street, Ipswich – daughter of George William Potter, an engine driver for London North Eastern Railway & Louise Potter (nee Woods).
They had 2 children.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.
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:
Photographs and extra information courtesy of Dee.