Image from 22nd March 1945 Evening Star newspaper.
Born: 1923, Ipswich.
Died: 27th February 1945; age: 21; KiA at Burma.
Residence: 363, Landseer Road, Ipswich.
Employed: an Apprentice in the composing room at Cowells Ltd., Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5837413.
Regiment: The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales’), 1st Battalion – Infantry.
Originally buried at Mandalay War Cemetery, grave 2.G.33. Later exhumed, identified and reburied at Taukkyan War Cemetery.
Images courtesy of Kevin Knights.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Percy Edward & Ethel Maud Salter, of Ipswich.
Nephew to EDGAR ARTHUR SALTER. KIA
Father: Percy Edward Salter, born 1897, Ipswich.
Mother: Ethel Maud Salter (nee Abbott), born 1890, Ipswich.
Eric was an ardent member of the Burlington Road Baptist Church Boys Brigade, and a teacher at Kelly Road Sunday School.
1st Battalion, Royal Berkshires was sent to India in 1942, seeing active service in Burma, in the Arakan Campaign in late 1942 until June 1943. 20 April 1944 the first Battalion took part in the relief and Battle of Kohima (nicknamed the Stalingrad of the East) suffering 50% casualties. With further action in the Battle of Meiktila and Mandalay until they were withdrawn to India in April 1945.