1781858 9 Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery
George Seal was born around 1921, the son of Arthur and Susan Elizabeth Seal. The family lived at 81 Ballingdon Street, Sudbury.
George was serving in the Far East. Just before the fall of Singapore in February 1942 he had sent a telegram to his mother stating ‘All well and safe. Please don’t worry. Fondest love and kisses – George Seal’. The telegram didn’t reach his mother until August 1944, two years after she had been notified that he was ‘missing presumed killed’. His mother told a reporter from the Suffolk and Essex Free Press ‘I don’t know what to believe’. Coming as it did the telegram suggested he was alive and well but the fact remained that the report received from the War Office was dated a month later.
George is recorded as having died at sea between 2nd March and 3rd March 1942. He was aged 22. There is no known grave and he is remembered on the Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore and on his brother’s headstone in Sudbury Cemetery.
Their mother placed the following in the Suffolk and Free Press:
Do not ask me if I miss them
There is such a vacant place
Can I e’re forget their footsteps
And their dear familiar faces?
Their loving Mother
Their father died only a few years later in May 1945.
A Cross of Remembrance was laid at Kanchanaburi Cemetery by Mr. Peter Smith in April 2007 for all the Sudbury men who died in the Far East.
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