Born: 1918, Ipswich.
Died: 14th February 1942; Age: 24; Killed in the fighting for Singapore/Malaya at Malaya, Cervantes, Ilocos Sur, Phillipines.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5827631.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Father: Gerald Thomas Gooding, born 1880, Claydon, Suffolk – died 1946, Ipswich.
Mother: Emma Lydia Gooding (nee Catchpole), born 1882, Ipswich – died February 1944, Ipswich.
In 1940, Ipswich, Ronald married Pauline Elizabeth Jones, born November 1919.
The 4th 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.
Fierce fighting on the roads and waterways leading to Singapore held back the Japanese attack on the city, many units running out of supplies and ammunition. The City finally surrendered after its water supply was cut off and the fear of civilian casualties. Thousands of troops were taken and used as slave labour. This was the largest British surrender in in WW2 . 80,000 British, Indian and Australian troops in Singapore became prisoners of war, joining 50,000 taken by the Japanese in the earlier Malayan Campaign.