Image from the Evening Star – 16th April 1942
Born: 1919, Ipswich.
Died: 14th February 1942; age: 30; Killed in fighting for Singapore/Malaya.
Residence: 8, Clarkson Street, Ipswich.
Employed: with Messrs. Boots – Chemists, Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5830604.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion, Infantry.
Coll. Grave 12. B. 5.13.
Relatives Notified & Address: Fourth son of Albert Francis William Templey & Alice Beatrice Templey, of Ipswich.
Father: Albert Francis William Templey, born January 1882, Upper Orwell Court, Ipswich – died 1935, Ipswich.
Mother: Alice Beatrice Templey (nee Whiting), born 1884, Ipswich.
Brother, George Ernest Templey also reported as missing.
Image from the Evening Star – 13th April 1942
The 4th Battalions were attached to the 18th East Anglian Division.
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.
Fierce fighting on the roads and waterways leading to Singapore held back the Japanese attack on the city, many units running out of supplies and ammunition. The City finally surrendered after its water supply was cut off and the fear of civilian casualties. Thousands of troops were taken and used as slave labour. This was the largest British surrender in in WW2 . 80,000 British, Indian and Australian troops in Singapore became prisoners of war, joining 50,000 taken by the Japanese in the earlier Malayan Campaign.