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Sidney Rich (1912 - 1943)

Serving in the 5th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment, Sidney was captured at the surrender of Singapore in February 1942.  As a Prisoner of the Japanese, he was used a slave labour and subjected to brutal treatment in inhuman conditions.  Sidney died during the construction of the notorious “Death Railway”, leaving a wife and two young children. 

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Name: Sidney Walter Rich
Service: British Army
Unit: 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Service Number: 5828178
Rank:  Private
Date of Death:  27th October 1943
Age: 30
Buried: Plot B6, Row R, Grave 16, Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar

This page is under construction

In order to try and tell the story of Sidney’s life as fully as possible, a request has been submitted to the Ministry of Defence for a copy of his Service Record. 

Due to the exceptionally high volume of requests that the Ministry are currently receiving, it looks as if it will be the end of this year (or later) before a copy of the document is released.

It is hoped to include Sidney’s story here, at some point during 2025.  In the meantime, if you would like further information about Sidney’s life then please feel free to get in touch.


Mark Ashmore

February 2024

  • 84
  • Died in the Second World War
  • 51.966145, 1.035976

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