Photo courtesy of Julie.
Image from 17th March 1945 – Evening Star
Born: 5th December 1907, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Died: 25th August 1943; age 35; died of Malaria and Heart Failure – whilst a Japanese PoW – Thailand – Burma Railway.
Details of Frederick’s death was learned from statements of repatriated Prisoners of War.
Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.
Residence: ‘Labada’ 770, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.
Rank: Company Sergeant Major/Warrant Officer Class II; Service Number: 5823687.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Image courtesy of Elaine McGough.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of James Thomas Leek & Beatrice Louisa Leek; husband of Lily Ellen Leek, of Ipswich.
1911 Brook Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Frederick was 3 years old and living with his maternal uncle & aunt, cousins & sister.
William Henry Finney, 54, a Quay Labourer, born Trimley, Suffolk.
Martha Elizabeth Finney (nee Blake), 50, born Kent.
Ethel Cecilia Finney, 20, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Gertrude May Finney, 17, born Woodbridge.
Norah May Leek, 5, Woodbridge.
Father: James Thomas Leek, born 1881, Snape, Suffolk.
Mother: Beatrice Louisa Leek (nee Finney), born 1888, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Frederick was a well-known Ipswich, Suffolk County and Territorial athlete.
In 1934, Ipswich, Frederick married Lily Ellen Stowe, born February 1905, Ipswich – daughter of Joseph Stowe, a labourer, and Florence Alice Stowe (nee Fitch), of Ipswich.
They had 1 son:
Anthony J.S. Leek, born 1937, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.
Lily was the Licensed Victualler, at The Swan, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire. Baby Anthony was living with Lily.
Probate to George Robert East, a retired Flour Packer.
Frederick is also remembered on the war memorial at Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.
Wife, Lily Ellen Leek (nee Stowe) father Joseph Stowe died during the First World War of Pulmonary Tuberculosis.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
The Battalion was attached to the 18th East Anglian Division.( including 4/5th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment)
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.