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.
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.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.
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.