Image from the Evening Star – 16th April 1942
Born: 16th October 1916, Ipswich.
Died: between 11th February 1942; age: 25.
Residence: 257, Landseer Road, Ipswich.
Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 2031849.
Regiment: Royal Engineers, 1 (Malaya) Bomb Disposal Company – Port of the Singapore Fortress.
Joint Grave 18.C.19-20.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Ernest John & Alberta Cecilia Ranson, of Ipswich.
Father: Ernest John Ranson, born 1874, Shoreditch, London – died 1928, Ipswich.
Mother: (Bertha) Alberta Cecilia Ranson (nee Elliott), born 1883, Ipswich.
Alberta re-married in 1930, Ipswich to Ernest Parker, born 1881, Ipswich – died 1937, Ipswich.
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.