Image from 1945 Evening Star Newspaper.

Born: 8th January 1919, Colchester, Essex.

Died: 24th October 1944; age: 25; at sea. Japanese PoW – held in the Philippine Islands. Believed to be lost at sea following the sinking of a PoW ship bound for Japan from Thailand.

Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.

Sidney’s widow Mrs. P.P. Oliver, received a letter from The War Office, on the 21st September 1945, informing with deep regret that her husband was among those missing following the sinking of a Japanese transport.

Residence: 355, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Chef at the Ritz Cafe, Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5830600.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion – Infantry.

Final resting place unknown.


Memorial Reference:

Column 56.

Singapore Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Alfred & Grace Anne Oliver; husband of Phyllis P. Oliver, of Ipswich.


Father: Alfred Oliver, born March 1871, Clerkenwell, London – died 1940, Colchester, Essex. A Licensed Victualler – Baker’s Arms, Magdalen Street, Colchester.

Mother: Grace Annie Oliver (nee Perkins), born Bermondsey, London – died 1928, Colchester, Essex.



Sidney was a Motor Driver. He was living with Charles & Florence Lee at their family home – 42, Alan Road, Ipswich.


In 1940, Ipswich, Sidney married Phyllis Pearl Green, born January 1914, Colchester, Essex, daughter of William John Green, a retired Army Officer and Caroline Green (nee Mills), of Ipswich.


Probate to Phyllis Pearl Oliver – widow.


4th 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 Prisoner of war and later mostly died on the Burma-Thailand Railway.


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error: Content is protected !!
Scroll to Top