Born: 26th July 1916, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Died: 24th June 1944; age: 28; died of Beriberi as a Japanese PoW – Thailand-Burma Railway.
Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.
Reported missing in April 1942.
Residence: 17, Tokio Road, Ipswich.
Occupation: a Club Steward.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5831079.
Regiment: Cambridgeshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion – Infantry.
Father: William James Block, born 1877, Hemley, Suffolk.
Mother: Rhoda Block (nee Joyce), born 1879, Finsbury, London – died 1944, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939
Robert was an Under Steward at a Club. He was living with his parents & brothers at the family home – 17, Tokio Road, Ipswich.
William, a retired Male Nurse.
Rhoda, unpaid Domestic Duties.
William James Block, born 26th October 1913, a Chauffeur.
Frederick Henry Block, born 12th September 1921, a Cellarman.
Probate to William James Block – father, a retired Male Nurse.
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.