Born: 28th April 1919, Elmswell, Suffolk.
Died: at 05:30hrs, 5th April 1943; age: 23; died of Acute Malignant Diphtheria – Faucial Nasal and Toxic Myocarditis as a Japanese PoW at Roberts Hospital Changi Camp. Served 3 years.
Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.
Residence: Grove Lane, Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5828161
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Body removed from the Roberts Hospital at 14:00hrs, 5th April 1943 for burial at Changi Cemetery, grave reference F.H.6.
On the 1st May 1946 the body was exhumed and re-buried at Kranji War Cemetery.
Father: Julius Christian Andreasen, born September 1886, Kristiania, Norway. A General Manager at St. Edmund’s Bacon Factory Ltd. Julius resided in Ashfield Road Elmswell. During the Second World War Julius was a member of the First Aid Service at Thedwastre.
Mother: Nora Andreasen (nee Pearl), born December 1882, Elmswell, Suffolk.
Eric was a member of Elmswell Tennis Club and a keen cricket player.
Eric and Carl’s parents separated. Nora moved to Ipswich. Julius stayed, and resided at The Limes, Thedwastre, Suffolk, in 1945, he married Jean Anita Barron Hutchinson, born July 1905, Campana, Argentine.
Probate to Julius Christian Andreasen – father, a General Manager at St. Edmund’s Bacon Factory Ltd.
Eric’s older brother was also killed – 21st November 1942. Carl Christian Andreasen, aged 25, a Private, service number 5729360, for the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment. Laid to rest Broadstone Cemetery, Poole, Dorset.
Eric is also remembered on the war memorial at Elmswell Parish Church, Suffolk.