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.

Memorial Reference:

Column 55.

Singapore Memorial,




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 Fall of Singapore

Singapore movie footage

4th Battalion
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.


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment

One Comment

  • Just wondering if Leonard Hawksbee would be related to me.
    I am a part of the Hawksbee family that lives in Canada. A long time ago at least some of the Hawksbee family moved out of the UK.


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