Photographs courtesy of Daniel.


Born: 31st March 1912, Ipswich.

Died: 6th December 1943; age: 31; as a Japanese PoW – Thailand – Burma Railway.

Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.

Residence: 243, Rosehill Road, Ipswich.

Employed: as a Shop Assistant – Grocery & Provision.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5833565.

Regiment: Cambridge Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Memorial Reference:


Chungkai War Cemetery,

Sudjai Bridge,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Harry & Jessie Forsdike, of Ipswich; husband of C.A. Forsdike, of Ipswich.


Father: Ernest George Forsdike, born 1873, Helmingham, Suffolk – 1927, Ipswich.

Mother: Jessie Forsdike (nee Last), born 1874, Gosbeck, Suffolk – died 1937, Ipswich.

In 1939, Ipswich, Reginald married Cecilia Alice Brighten, born November 1913, Ipswich.



Reginald was a Shop Assistant – Grocery & Provision. He and Cecilia were living at their home – 53, St. Matthew’s Church Lane, Ipswich.


Probate to Cecilia Alice Forsdike – widow.

Cambridgeshire Regiment, 1st Battalion
The Battalion was attached to the 18th East Anglian Division.( including 4/5th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment)
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.

Image from the Evening Star newspaper, 20th April, 1942.

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