Born: 1921, Ipswich.
Died on or since: 21st September 1944; age: 23 – Japanese POW.
Residence: 67, Levington Road, Ipswich.
Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 5828747.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion – Infantry.
Final resting place unknown.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Joseph Sydney Pawsey & Nora Pawsey (nee Renacre), of Sandown, Essex.
Father: Joseph Sydney Pawsey, born 1895, Ipswich.
Mother: Nora Pawsey (nee Renacre), born 1892, Ringfield, Suffolk – died 1925, Ipswich.
Probate to Walter Ernest Mothersole, a pig dealer.
Joseph is also remembered on the war memorial at the Town Hall, 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.
Many men from his battalion perished on this day:
21st September 1944
The Hofuku Maru cargo ship carrying 1,289 British and Dutch prisoners of war in squalid and inhumane conditions. The ship being part of a convoy consisted of 10 other ships, 5 of which caring a total of 5,000 POWs. Most of the men had been captured at Singapore in 1942 and were being used as slave labour. The Japanese decided to move the POW’s to Japan to work in factories, mines and shipyards.
80 miles north of Corregidor in the Philippines, the ship was sunk by an American aircraft, which they believed the ships to be caring cargo for the Japanese war effort. 1,047 POW’s died on board unable to escape from the hold. Those who were able to break out spent five days at sea clinging to wreckage, most were recaptured by the Japanese. All 11 ships were sunk.