Born: 1895, Ipswich.

Died: 19th May 1915; age 20; Died of Wounds in hospital – Prisoner of War.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein; 3rd December 1914 – France.

Rank: Private: Service Number: 3/8979

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Kortrijk (St. Jon) Communal Cemetery,

West Vlaanderen,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John & Kezia Routledge, of 9, The Crescent, Town Street, Bramley, Leeds.




1901   7, James Street, Ipswich.


Claude was 5 years old and living with his maternal grandparents & uncles.

Benjamin Finch, 67, a Wood Sawyer, born Ipswich.

Mary Ann Finch, 65, born Diss, Norfolk.

Richard Finch, 25, a Compositer – Print, born Ipswich.

Henry Finch, 24, a Cabinet Maker, born Ipswich.


1911   7, James Street, Ipswich.


Claude was 15 years old, an Errand Boy – Confectioners. He was living with his widowed grandmother & uncle.

Mary Ann, 75.

Henry, 34, a Telegraph Wireman – G.E.Railway.


Claude’s father was John Routledge, a Leather Dresser, born 1870, Otley, Yorkshire. His mother was Kerzia Routledge (nee Finch), born 1872, Colchester, Essex. Claude’s parents & siblings lived in Leeds, Yorkshire.


Claude is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Nicholas Church, Ipswich. He was recorded as Claud.


Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion:

Suffolk Regiment battalion movements

Suffolk regiment website

Friends of The Suffolk Regiment



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