Image from the Evening Star – 13th April 1942
Born: 1920, Ipswich.
Died: 11th February 1942; age: 21; killed in the fighting for Singapore/Malaya.
Residence: 32, Kelly Road, Ipswich.
Employed: by Mr. A.W. Keeble, of Burstall, Suffolk.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5782157.
Regiment: Royal Norfolk Regiment, 4th Battalion – Infantry.
Relatives Notified & Address: Youngest son of Mr & Mrs Charles William Mills, of Ipswich.
Father: Charles William Mills, born March 1878, Bacton, Suffolk. A Horse Slaughterman.
Mother: Annie Mills (nee Peck), born March 1874, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.
George was living with his parents at their family home – 32, Kelly Road, Ipswich.
Charles, a Slaughterman.
Annie, unpaid Domestic Duties.
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.