Image courtesy of Louise
Image from the Evening Star “Missing”- 9th April 1942.
Leonard is remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park twice. A single nameplate has been added to the First World War memorial.
Born: 1919, Ipswich.
Died: 31st August 1943; age: 24; as a Japanese PoW.
Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.
Residence: 4, Nightingale Road, Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5826501.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion – Infantry.
Final resting place unknown.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Hawksbee, and stepson of Lucy H.C. Hawksbee, of 4, Nightingale Road, Ipswich.
Father: Edward Albert Hawksbee, born December 1884, 25, Turin Street, Bethnal Green, London – died 1944, Ipswich. A General Labourer.
Mother: Lily Mary J. Hawksbee (nee Watts), born 1887, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire – died 1926, Ipswich.
Step-Mother: Lucy Hannah Caroline Hawksbee (nee Greenard), born November 1890, Ipswich.
The Battalion 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.