Born: 1896, Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Died: 13th August 1915; age 42; Died at Sea. Drowned Dardanelles, Aegean Sea, aboard ‘Royal Edward’, following torpedo attack by enemy submarine. Served 361 days.

Previously – Royal Engineers – Termination of Engagement.


Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 18th August 1914; Age: 45 years & 2 months; Occupation: Sawyer; Religion: CofE; Next of Kin: Mrs Chamberlain – 4, Victoria Street, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 8 ins, fair complexion, blue eyes & light brown hair. Tattoos – flag & star on front left leg & E.C & C.C back of left forearm.


Promoted: Corporal – 10th February 1915.

Promoted: Sergeant – 8th March 1915.

Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 5

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, East Anglian Casualty Clearing Station.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 -1915 Star.


Grave Reference:

Panel 199 and 200 or 236 to 239 and 328.

Helles Memorial Part XII,

Turkey (including Gallipoli).


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Alice Chamberlain, of 19, Sirdar Road, Ipswich.




1901   14, Ashby Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk.


Edward was 5 years old and living with his mother & sister at the home of their maternal grandparents. An aunt & uncle + cousins were also living at the house.

William Wright, 65, a Bricklayer’s Labourer, born Ludham, Norfolk.

Eliza Wright, 66, born Kessingland, Suffolk.

Alice Chamberlain (nee Wright), 30, a Net Worker, born Lowestoft.

Ethel May Chamberlain, 6, born Lowestoft.

Margaret Horne (nee Wright), 29, born Lowestoft.

Albert Horne, 28, a Grocer’s Warehouseman, born Norwich, Norfolk.

Florence Horne, 6, born Lowestoft.

Alice Horne, 3 months, born Lowestoft.


Edward’s father was a Sapper in the Royal Engineers.


1911   10, Pauline Street, Ipswich.


Edward was 15 years old, an Errand boy – Butcher. He was living with his parents & sister.

Edward Ernest J. Chamberlain, 44, a Platelayer – Railway, born Lowestoft.

Alice, 40.

Ethel, 17, a Tobacconist Assistant.


On the 19th January 1921, Edward’s Hymn Book & New Testament was returned to his family.


Edward is also remembered on the war memorial under Transport at the Town Hall, Ipswich.

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Royal Army Medical Corps:http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/royal-army-medical-corps-in-the-first-world-war/

‘Royal Edward’:


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