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.


Grave Reference:


Kanchanaburi War Cemetery,



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.

1 boarder.


In 1941, Ipswich, Herbert married Catherine Shields.


Probate to Catherine Shemming – widow.

4th Battalion.
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.


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