Image courtesy of Colin Chatfield.
Born: 1912, Ipswich.
Died: 22nd December 1943; age: 32; Japanese PoW – Thailand – Burma Railway.
Residence: 22, Coniston Square, Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5824759.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment. 5th Battalion – Infantry.
Father: William Henry Chatfield, born March 1887, Battersea, London, a Painter – Builder.
Mother: Violet Eliza Chatfield (nee Reeve), born September 1889, Ipswich.
In 1938, Ipswich, William married Rosa Mary Spink, born January 1919, Suffolk.
They had 3 children.
Probate to Rose Mary Chatfield – widow.
William’s widow Rosemary remarried in 1945 to Arthur Frederick Lord.
The 5th Battalions were attached to the 18th East Anglian Division.
On the 15th February 1942 William was captured by the Japanese, following the Fall of Singapore, approximately 620 of the 4th & 5th Battalions were taken POW and later used as slave labour on the Burma-Thailand Railway.