Recorded on war records as Ray William Scarff.


Born: 6th February 1917, Ipswich.

Died: 20th August 1943; age: 26; died of Acute Enteritis as a Japanese Prisoner of War on the Thailand/Burma Railway.

Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.

Residence: 115, Camden Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Clerk – Co-operative Society.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5828793.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 5th Battalion – Infantry.


Grave Reference:


Chungkai War Cemetery,



Image courtesy of Kevin Knights.


Father: Bertie Scarff, born 1890, Ipswich.

Mother: Edith Maud Scarff (nee Rose), born 1891, Ipswich.



Roy was a Clerk in the Secretary’s Office of Co-operative Society. He was living at the home of Albert & Celia Bigmore – 18, Chenery Street, Ipswich.


In August 1940, at St. John’s Church, Ipswich, Roy married Dorothy Blanche Double, born July 1916, Ipswich, a Clerk for the Ipswich Co-operative Society – daughter of William Bernard Double, a carpenter and Hannah Double (nee Cush), of Ipswich.


Evening Star – 31st August 1940


Scarff – Double

The wedding took place at St. John’s Church, Ipswich, of Mr. Roy William Scarff, younger son of Mr. and the late Mrs. B. Scarff, of Ipswich, and Miss Dorothy Blanche Double, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Double, also of Ipswich; the Vicar (the Rev. B. Fountain Hinde) officiated.

The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a white satin gown, with veil, and head-dress of orange blossom, and carried a bouquet of pink rosebuds. Her gold cross and chain were the gifts of the bridegroom. She was attended by two bridesmaids, Miss Phyllis Double (her sister), and Miss Dorothy Cullingford, who wore pale blue taffeta dresses, silver Juliet caps and silver shoes. They carried bouquets of pink carnations, and their bangles were the gifts of the bridegroom. The bestman was Mr. Philip Rodwell. Afterwards a reception was held at the bride’s home, and later the bride and bridegroom left for a short honeymoon in London, the bride travelling in a navy edge-to-edge coat, flowered dress with hat and shoes and gloves to tone.


Probate to Dorothy Blanche Scarff – widow.


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment


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