Image from the Evening Star – 9th April 1942.
Born: 24th September 1904, Ipswich.
Died: 18th December 1943; age: 39; Japanese PoW – Thailand-Burma Railway.
Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.
Residence: 73, Tyler Street, Ipswich.
Employed: with the Loco Works – London and North Eastern Railway.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5823115.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George & Hannah Susan Shemming, of Ipswich.
1911 73, Tyler Street, Ipswich.
Herbert was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
George Shemming, 43, a Boiler Rivetter – Foundry – Ransome & Rapier, born Hoxne, Suffolk.
Hannah Susan Shemming (nee Sheldrake), 37, born Ipswich.
Charles George Shemming, 11, born Ipswich.
Ellen Harriett Shemming, 8, born Ipswich.
In 1941, Ipswich, Herbert married Catherine Shields.
Probate to Catherine Shemming – widow.
The 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.