Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1880, St. Mary at the Key, Ipswich.

Died: 24th May 1917; age 37; KiA.

Employed: Orwell Works, Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.

Next of Kin: John & Esther Higham, of 7, Turret Buildings, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.


Rank: Private: Service Number: 200407

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Bay 4,

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,





1881   1, Osborne’s Yard, Ipswich.


Charles was a year old and living with his parents & sisters.

John Higham, 25, a Boot Maker, born Brandon, Suffolk.

Esther Agnes Higham (nee Vineyard), 23, born Ipswich.

Alice Maud Mary Higham, 5, born Ipswich.

Agnes Maud Higham, 3, born Ipswich.

Maria Maud Higham, 4 months, born Ipswich.


1891   52, Lower Orwell Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John, 35, a Boot Maker.

Esther, 33.

Alice, 15, a Stay Maker.

Maria, 10.

Emma Jessie Higham, 8, born Ipswich.

William John Higham, 4, born Ipswich.

1 boarder.


1901   43, Woodhouse Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 21 years old, a General Labourer. He was living with his sister & her family.

Arthur William Thirkettle, 30, a General Labourer, born Sudbury, Suffolk.

Alice Thirkettle (nee Higham), 25.

Arthur William J. Thirkettle, 4, born Ipswich.

Florence Louisa Thirkettle, 3, born Ipswich.

William Charles Thirkettle, 1, born Ipswich – died 1901, Ipswich.


1911   40, Woodhouse Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 31 years old, a Plough Grinder. He was living with his sister & her family.

Arthur, 40, a Plough Brest Bender.

Alice, 35.

Arthur, 14, Plough Fitting.

Florence, 13.

Maurice George Thirkettle, 1, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to John Higham – father, Esther A. Higham – mother, William J. Higham – brother, and sisters – Emma J. Barnard, Maria M. Upson, Jessie E, Higham and Alice Thirkettle.


Charles is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich.

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