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Stanley Ernest George Minter

Male 1909 - 1943  (~ 33 years)


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  • Name Stanley Ernest George Minter 
    Born Dec 1909  Woodbridge, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID D2F7E7E70B4D47129A0B31689577D9E14CC8 
    Died 27 Jun 1943  WW2 casualty Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • 1939 Register (1): Stanley not found
      1939 Register (2) at 57 Seckford Street, Woodbridge U.D., Suffolk
      Minter, Gladys M born 10 Jun 1911, married, unpaid domestic duties
      --- 2 closed records ---

      Stanley's name appears in a list of members of the 4th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment reported missing in Malaya on 15 February 1942.
      A Wikipedia article says:
      "...the 4th and 5th Suffolks included, were originally to be sent to Egypt but instead were sent to Singapore to help strengthen the garrison there after Japan entered the war in December 1941. In early 1942, both the 4th and 5th battalions fought briefly in the defence of Singapore against the Japanese, with the 18th Division, before British Commonwealth forces on that island surrendered on 15 February 1942 under the orders of Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival. Men from the two battalions suffered great hardship as POWs and were forced to participate in the construction of the Burma Railway."

      Several documents referring to Stanley as a Prisoner of War have been found by James Earley and at findmypast.co.uk. The documents show that Stanley was interned in (at least) three prison camps including Changi (Singapore) and Canu Jungle (Thailand). It was from the latter that POWs were forced to work on the Burma-Thai railway. Stanley was in Thailand when he died from beri-beri and dysentery on 27 June 1943. His cousin Arthur James suffered the same fate, having also joined the 4th Suffolks and been caught up in the surrender of allied forces in Singapore.

      From England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 at Ancestry.com:
      Minter Stanley Ernest George of 70 Warwick Avenue Woodbridge Suffolk died 27 June 1943 on war service Administration Ipswich 5 June 1946 to Gladys Mary Minter widow. Effects £129 12s 3d.
    Person ID I115  Wickham Market, Suffolk
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2019 

    Father George Crisp Minter,   b. Abt 1878, Melton, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1913, Woodbridge, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Mother Maud Kate MALLETT,   b. Abt 1882, Woodbridge, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Mar 1904  Woodbridge, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F7  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gladys Mary MESSENGER,   b. 10 Jun 1911, Plomesgate RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1993, Ipswich, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married Jun 1936  Deben RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Alan Minter,   b. Mar 1938, Deben RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1938, Deben RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     2. Sheila M. Minter
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F45  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Dec 1909 - Woodbridge, Suffolk Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    Missing in action report following the surrender of British troops in Singapore in 1942.
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    4th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment - Nominal roll of personnel who are prisoners of war, wounded, with unit.
    Probably dates from soon after that surrender of Singapore on 15 February 1942.
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    "H" Force: a complete Nominal Roll of officers, NCOs and other ranks held in Canu Jungle Camp, Thailand on 21 June 1943. Stanley Minter's name is crossed through 'Died 27.7.43'.
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    "H" Force: a complete Nominal Roll of officers, NCOs and other ranks held in Canu Jungle Camp, Thailand on 21 June 1943. Enlargement of page showing Stanley's name.
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    List of Parties Overland and Overseas ex Changi 1943. Unfortunately the list is very faint and difficult to read.
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    List of Parties Overland and Overseas ex Changi 1943. Enlargement of page showing Stanley's name.
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943) and Arthur James Minter (1913 - 1943)
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943) and Arthur James Minter (1913 - 1943)
    Malaya POW Camp Name List as of Nov 1 1944. Stanley and Arthur appear in this list although they were already dead.
    This list gives Stanley's Japanese Record Card number as 11/359, which links it to the image of the record card here.
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    Japanese POW record card.
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    List of POW burials which includes Stanley, showing the date and cause of his death and where he was buried.
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943) and Arthur James Minter (1913 - 1943)
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943) and Arthur James Minter (1913 - 1943)
    A list published after the war which includes Stanley and his cousin Arthur.
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    A POW list showing that Stanley was assigned to "light duties". Undated but probably relates to Stanley's time in Thailand working on the Burma-Thailand railway.
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    A POW list which includes details of how and when Stanley died.
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943) and Arthur James Minter (1913 - 1943)
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943) and Arthur James Minter (1913 - 1943)
    A comprehensive list of POWS that includes both Stanley and his cousin Arthur.
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943)
    An undated list of POWs. Stanley's name is included together with his Japanese POW card number 11/359.
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943) and Arthur James Minter (1913 - 1943)
    Stanley Ernest George Minter (1909 - 1943) and Arthur James Minter (1913 - 1943)
    List of personnel previously reported as POWs but now reported as having died.
    Stanley and Arthur were cousins. Both were in the 4th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment when it was part of the mass surrender of Singapore in 1942.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] BMD Index (Reliability: 3).
      Q4 1909 Woodbridge 4a/1024.

    2. [S6] CWGC (Reliability: 3).
      WW2 casualty. Corporal no. 5824986, Suffolk Regiment, 4th Bn. Remembered on Column 4, Singapore Memorial.

    3. [S3] BMD Index (Reliability: 3).
      Q1 1904 Woodbridge 4a/1185.

    4. [S3] BMD Index (Reliability: 3).
      Q2 1936 Deben 4a/3186.