Image taken from the Evening Star – 9th April 1942.
Born: 26th March 1919, Islington, London.
Died: 10th September 1943; age: 24 – as a Japanese PoW – Thailand-Burma Railway.
Residence: 6, Fletcher Road, Ipswich.
Occupation: Milk Roundsman – Buck’s Dairy, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5830611.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Image courtesy of Kevin Knights.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John & Dorothy Roper; husband of Ruby Eva Kemp, of Ipswich.
Mother: Dorothy Kemp, born March 1893.
Step Father: John Edward Roper, born March 1886, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.
Reginald was a Milks Roundsman. He was living with his mother & step father and step brother at their family home – 69, Richmond Road, Ipswich.
John, a Builder’s Labourer.
Dorothy, unpaid Domestic Duties.
Herbert J. Roper, born 1926, Ipswich.
In 1939, Ipswich, Reginald married Ruby Eva Dale, born 1921, Ipswich, of 70, Reynolds Road, Ipswich.
Probate to Ruby Eva Kemp – widow.
4th and 5th Battalions:
The Battalions 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.