ALBERT DODD

Born: 1885, Ipswich.

Died: 28th March 1918; age: 33; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 14720.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

 

Memorial Reference:

Bay 4.

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,

France.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   St. John’s Home for Boys & Girls, Bloomfield Street, Ipswich.

 

Albert was 6 years old and an Inmate at the Workhouse School.

 

1901   9, Falcon Street, Ipswich.

 

Albert was 16 years old, an Errand Boy. He was the youngest boarder at the Ipswich Working Boys House – Master – 51 year old, Samuel Parker.

 

 St John’s Children’s Home

A separate home for pauper children was first proposed by Ipswich Union in around 1870. This was an unusual step for non-metropolitan unions at this time, and may have been the result of space shortage at the Great Whip Street workhouse. Plans were produced in 1871 and 1873 for a long building with a central block flanked by separate wings containing boys’ and girls’ accommodation. The building, eventually erected at Bloomfield Street in 1879, accommodated 80 boys and 50 girls. The boys were taught to work on the land, and in tailoring and shoe-making. The girls were taught needlework and other household skills to equip them for domestic service. A small infirmary was later added.

Soldiers’ Effects to Mrs Eliza Muirhead, of 18, Ebenezer Terrace, Sussex Street, Norwich, Norfolk – sister.

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