Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper


Born: 6th January 1877, Newton Flotman, Norfolk.

Baptised: 10th August 1881, Redenhall with Harleston & Wortwell, Norfolk – Mother – Sarah Ward.

Died: 31st July 1917; age 41; KiA.

Occupation: a Postman for 26 years, 16 of which were spent in Ipswich.

Residence: 53, Finchley Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 329182

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion.

Formerly 7879, Cambridge Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 21.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,

West Vlaanderen,



Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Edith Ward, of 23, Devonshire Road, Ipswich.




1881   Jays Green, Redenhall, Norfolk.


Brighton was 4 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Sarah Ward (nee Brown), 31, a Charwoman, born Newton Flotman, Norfolk.

Minnie Ward, 14, born Shelton, Norfolk.

Arthur Ward, 12, born Fritton, Norfolk.

Frederick Ward, 8, born Long Stratton, Norfolk.

William Ward, 9, Long Stratton.

2 young boarders.


1891   Jays Green, Redenhall, Norfolk.


Brighton was 14, an Errand Boy. He was living with mother & brother.

Sarah, 42, a Charwoman.

Arthur, 29, a rural Messenger – G.P.O.


1911   67, Finchley Road, Ipswich.


Brighton was 34 years old, a Postman – G.P.O. He was married & Head of the Household.

Edith, 35.

Ethel, 12.


In 1898. in the district of Hoxne, Brighton married Edith Reeve, 1876, Starston, Norfolk. They had 1 daughter:

Ethel May Ward, born 1899, Harleston, Norfolk.


Brighton’s father was William Ward, born 1846, Denton, Norfolk.


Brighton was appointed postman in Ipswich, in November 1902.


Soldiers’ Effects to Edith Ward – widow.


Brighton is also remembered on the war memorial on:

Christ Church United Reformed Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich – formerly from the Crown Street Congregational Church, Ipswich, the Royal Mail Centre, Commercial Road, Ipswich 



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