Image courtesy of Sue Hart

Born: 3rd February 1910, 59, Prospect Road, Ipswich.

Died: 26th May 1941; age 31.

Served in Palestine in 1940.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 6008889.

Regiment: Leicestershire Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Grave Reference:

Special Memorial ‘C’ 10.A.13.

Suda Bay War Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Hannah M. Markham, of Ipswich.


Brother-in-law to JACK EDWARD PARKER.




1911   10, Victoria Street, Ipswich.

John was a year old and living with his parents & step-siblings.

William Markham, 55, a Gardener – Jobbing – own account, born Sproughton, Suffolk.

Hannah Maria Mortimer (nee Bull), 34, a widow, born Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Annie Florence Mortimer, 12, born Ipswich – died 1923, Ipswich.

Thomas Frederick Mortimer, 10, born Ipswich.

Edith Elsie May Mortimer, 9, born Ipswich.

William Ernest Charles Mortimer, 8, born Ipswich.

Alfred Elijah Mortimer, 4, born Ipswich.


Leicestershire Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

The Battle of Crete

In May 1941, Germany began an airborne invasion of Crete, the Germans suffered heavy casualties but overwhelmed the defensive positions on the north of the island. Allied forces withdrew to the south coast. The British Royal Navy evacuated more than half and the remainder surrendered or joined the Cretan resistance. It is estimated that 3,579 British and commonwealth troops were killed and 12,254 were captured.

2nd Battalion:
September 1939: The Battalion was in Palestine at the outbreak of war, and engaged in the Arab rebellion. It was formed part of the 16th Infantry Brigade of which it stayed with throughout the war (apart from Crete).
September 1940: It moved to the Western Desert
December 1940: It took part in the “push” of Wavell’s 30,000.
10 December 1940: It was engaged at Sidi Barrani and shortly after again at Bardia, advancing through Buq Buq and Solhuh.
April 1941: Engaged the German advance at Mersa Matruh.
20 May 1941: It took part in the Battle of Crete which lasted for 10 days.

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