Image courtesy of Colin Chatfield.

Born: 17th March 1911, Ipswich.

Died: 22nd December 1943; age: 32; died of Indigestion/Dysentery at Kanchanaburi Hospital as a Japanese PoW on the Thailand/Burma Railway.

Residence: 22, Coniston Square, Ipswich.

Occupation: Baker.

Captured: 15th February 1942 – Fall of Singapore. Transferred overland 5th August 1943.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5824759.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment. 5th Battalion – Infantry.


Originally buried 23rd December 1943 at Kanburi Cemetery No. 2., grave 518. Body exhumed, identified and re-buried Kanchanaburi War Cemetery on the 11th January 1946.


Grave Reference:


Kanchanaburi War Cemetery,



Image courtesy of Kevin Knights


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, daughter of Alfred James Spink, a farm labourer and Kathleen Emma Spink (nee Stammers), of 92, Boyton Road, Ipswich.

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.

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment


  • William Henry Chatfield was born in the summer of 1912 In Ipswich to William Henry Chatfield of Battersea, London and Violet Eliza Reeve of Ipswich, married 1906.
    William H Chatfield was the fourth of eight children.
    He married Rosenary Spink in 1938 and they had three children.

    I have a photograph of William in uniform.

  • William Henry Chatfield is my Great Uncle my Grandfather was John Chatfield born 1894 died 1970.


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