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.


Memorial Reference:

  1. O.8.

Chungkai War Cemetery,




Father: William James Block, born 1877, Hemley, Suffolk.

Mother: Rhoda Block (nee Joyce), born 1879, Finsbury, London – died 1944, Ipswich.




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.

1 other.


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.

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