Born: 1893, Ipswich.
Died: 14th July 1917; age 24; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 340350; Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, Essex & Suffolk, 351st Siege Battery.
Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Walter A. Balaam, of 51, St. John’s Road, Ipswich.
1901 97, Hervey Street, Ipswich.
Archibald was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Walter Albert Balaam, 36, a Gas Fitter, born St. Clement’s, Ipswich.
Sarah Maria Balaam (nee Paternoster), 47, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.
Evelyn May Balaam, 11, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.
Joshua Stanley Balaam, 10, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.
Reginald Cecil Balaam, 5, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.
1911 51, St. John’s Road, Ipswich.
Archibald was 18 years old, a Coal Merchant’s Clerk. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Walter, 45, a Lawn Mower Fitter.
Evelyn, 21, a Waitress in Cafe.
Joshua, 20, a Poor Law Clerk.
Reginald, 15, an Errand boy.
The Royal Garrison Artillery The RGA developed from fortress-based artillery fix positions manly coastal fortresses and batteries. 1914 the army only had a small number of heavy artillery. The RGA grew as the warfare became static. Armed with heavy, large calibre guns and howitzers that were positioned some way behind the front line and had immense destructive power.