JOHN HENRY BURCH

Image from the Evening Star – 20th April 1942.

 

Born: 26th December 1914, Ipswich.

Died: 31st July 1943; age: 28; as a Japanese PoW.

Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.

Residence: 7, Kingsgate Drive, Ipswich.

Employed: as a Linotype Operator with the Composing Room staff of the East Anglian Daily Times.

 

Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 5832499.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 5th Battalion – Infantry.

 

Final resting place unknown.

Memorial Reference:

Column 53.

Singapore Memorial,

Kranji,

Singapore.

 

Father: Stanley James Birch, born 1889, Ipswich.

Mother: Dorothy E. Birch (nee Quinton), born 1890, Ipswich.

Birch family home – 12, Tennyson Road, Ipswich.

 

In 1939, Ipswich, John married Edna Kathleen Hammond, born July 1916, Ipswich.

 

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939

 

John was a Linotype Operator – Newspaper. He and Edna were living at their home – 7, Kingsgate Drive, Ipswich.

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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