Born: 27th August 1892, Ipswich.

Died: 25th April 1918; age 26; KiA with submarine of the West Coast of Africa.

Enlistment Details: Date: 27th August 1910 – signed up for 12 years; Occupation: Van Boy. Height on joining – 5ft 4 ins, height at 18 years – 5ft 5 1/2 ins, fresh complexion, grey/blue eyes & dark brown hair.

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: J.2894(Ch)

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Bombala’.


Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Alfred W. & Annie M. Piper, of 48, Schreiber Road, Ipswich.




1901   38, William Street, Ipswich.


Bertie was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Alfred Piper, 38, a Baker, born Thurston, Suffolk.

Annie Maria Piper (nee Pilborough), 36, born Ipswich.

Annie Maud Piper, 12, born Ipswich.

Percy Henry Piper, 10, born Ipswich.

Harold Arthur Piper, 4, born Ipswich.

Grace Mabel Piper, 3, born Ipswich.

Cyril George Piper, 1, born Ipswich.


1911   Gibraltar


Bertie was 19 years old, an Ordinary Seaman on board ‘London’ a 1st Class Battleship, Atlantic Fleet. Captain – Hugh Francis Paget Sinclair. Bertie was 1 of the 712 men 7 boys on board. His religion was CofE.

Bertie is also remembered on St. John the Baptist church memorial, Ipswich.

H.M.S. ‘Bombala’




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