Photograph courtesy of Michael Sayer


Born: 1920, Ipswich.

Died: 4th October 1943; age: 23 – died of Cardial Beriberi as a Japanese PoW, at Ambon.

Captured near Kula Lumpar – 8th March 1942.

Residence: 26, Riverside Road, Ipswich.




Rank: Leading Aircraftman/Corporal; Service Number: 645398.

Regiment: Royal Air Force.


Originally buried at Cape Marakee, Kario Village, Haroekoe Island. Body exhumed, identified and reburied 3rd February 1947 at Ambon War Cemetery.


Grave Reference:


Ambon War Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Albert Edward & Ethel Rose Sayer, of Ipswich.


Father: Albert Edward Sayer, born August 1884 Bramford, Suffolk. A Bricklayer.

Mother: Ethel Rose Sayer (nee Welham), born 1881.


Probate to Ethel Rose Sayer – mother.

Family note : Michael Sayer:

The  photograph is of my Uncles taken in Singapore where they met by chance whilst en route to the Far East. Of course after that meeting they never met again.

Steve Brown :
Edward and Walter Sayer are my uncles. I understand that the photo shown of them together above was taken when they met purely by chance whilst in active service on the other side of the world. Walter in the Airforce and Edward (Teddy) in the Army, It was the last time they were to ever see one another. My poor Nana & mum were never to see their beloved sons / brothers again. Their father Albert Sayer had returned from the 1st world war suffering from shell shock after being shot in the head. Sadly he was committed to what was then called the “insane asylum” that had stood where the Two Rivers medical centre now stands on Woodbridge Road. The then family home of 26 Riverside Road was never to be quite the same again.

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