Image from the Evening Star – 20th April 1942.


Born: 1921, Ipswich.

Died: 23rd October 1943; Age: 21; died of Septicaemia as a Japanese PoW – Thailand/Burma Railway.

Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore.

Residence: 8, Queen’s Way, Ipswich.


Rank: Private: Service Number: 5826891.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Body cremated and interred at Tambaya Cemetery. Later ashes exhumed and interred in January 1946 at Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery.


Grave Reference:


Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery,

Mon State,



Image courtesy of Kevin Knights.


Father: Arthur Thomas Girling, born September 1895 – died June 1945, at 8, Queen’s Way, Ipswich. A House Painter.

Mother: Ethel May Girling (nee Crawford), born 1900 – died 1934, Ipswich.



Probate to Martha Grace Rivett – sister, wife of Ronald Bertram Rivett.

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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