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.
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.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939
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.
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.