Image taken from the Evening Star – 9th April 1942.


Born: 26th March 1919, Islington, London.

Died: 10th September 1943; age: 24; died of Ulcers and Diarrhoea whilst a Japanese PoW on the Thailand-Burma Railway.

Residence: 70, Reynolds Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Milk Roundsman – Buck’s Dairy, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.

Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.

Transferred overland with Party ‘F’ – 25th April 1943.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5830611.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Originally buried at Tambaya Cemetery. Re-buried January 1946.


Grave Reference:


Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery,



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.



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 – daughter of Frederick Dale, a lawn mower warehouseman and Lily Sarah Dale (nee Wenham), of 6, Fletcher 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.


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