Born: 17th February 1914, Ipswich.

Died: 27th October 1944; age: 30; died of Beriberi and Bacillen-dysentery as a Japanese PoW at Java PoW Camp.

Residence: 22, Ransome Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Furnace Clerk – Electric Supply – Borough Council.


Captured by the Japanese – 8th March 1942.


Rank: Aircraftman Second Class; Service Number: 1208580.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.


Originally buried on the 28th October 1944 at Raha Cemetery, grave 51. Body later exhumed, identified and re-buried at Makassar War Cemetery, Netherlands East Indies on the 25th November 1946. ‘In 1961, at the request of the Indonesian Government, the remains of 503 graves in Makassar War Cemetery on the island of Celebes were added to the Ambon War Cemetery.’ C.W.G.C.


Grave Reference:


Ambon War Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Stephen & Lily Chaplin, of 18, Holbrook Road, Ipswich; husband of Winifred Rose Chaplin, of Theberton, Suffolk.


Father: Stephen Chaplin, born August 1878, Foleshill, Warwickshire. A Carpenter.

Mother: Lily May Chaplin (nee Norton), born August 1888, Ipswich.


In 1937, Theberton, Suffolk, Stephen married Winifred Rose Lewis, born January 1908, East Bridge, Theberton – daughter of Edward John Lewis, an Inn Keeper and Beatrice Helen Lewis (nee Welton), of The Bell Inn, Middleton, Suffolk.



Stephen and Winifred were living at their home – 22, Ransome Road, Ipswich. Stephen was employed as a Furnace Clerk – Council Electric Supply.


Probate to Winifred Rose Chaplin – widow, of The Bell Inn, Middleton, Suffolk – widow.


Stephen is also remembered on the war memorial at the Town Hall, Ipswich.

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