Image from 1914 letters sent home to his sister Hilda
Born: 5th September 1891, Tuddenham, Suffolk.
Died: 16th May 1915; age 24; KiA
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914 – France.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 704
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs George Spinks of 15, Star Lane, Ipswich.
1901 15, Star Lane, Ipswich.
Edward was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
George Spinks, 37, a Dock Labourer, born Witnesham, Suffolk.
Sarah Starling Spinks (nee Wilson), 36, born Great Oakley, Essex.
Mabel Spinks, 8, born Ipswich.
Grace Spinks, 6, born Ipswich.
Hilda Spinks, 2, born Ipswich.
George Albert Spinks, 5 months, born Ipswich.
1911 15, Star Lane, Ipswich.
Edward was 19 years old, a Railway Labourer – G.E.Railway. He was living with his parents & siblings.
George, 47, a Carter – Railway Agent.
Aubrey Ernest Spinks, 8, born Ipswich.
Harold Joseph Spinks, 6, born Ipswich.
Lottie Spinks, 4, born Ipswich.
Gladys Sarah Spinks, 2, born Ipswich.
Edward’s mother, Sarah Starling Spinks died 17th October 1913, at 15, Star Lane, Ipswich from nephritis and morbus cordis. Her neighbour, Sarah Masterson, of 13, Star Lane, Ipswich was present at the death.
Soldiers’ Effects to George Spinks – father.
Edward is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary at the Quay Church, Ipswich.
Editor: In 2018, 30+ letters written by Edward to his family back at home in Star Lane were kindly sent to the project from Norfolk. They had been found in a writing case purchased from an antique shop. Edward’s name was traced to this website, and we were contacted. Along with the letters are two photographs sadly unnamed, but we are sure Edward is one of the men pictured, in his uniform.
Pte E Spinks
B Company 4 Batt Suffolk Regt
On Service Aug 18 (1914)
My Dear Hilda Father and all I could not send much on Joe’s card but I hope he liked it as he is a good boy. Let me know how the funeral went off and do as much as you can for Mr Burch I would never have thought it was the last time I should see her. We are now at Tiptree in Essex but do not put Tiptree in the address as it will let people know to much. We had a nice march yesterday and are moving again tomorrow. Tell Mrs Woodward & Reed I should like to here from them. I think from what I here we are going to Colchester for training in barracks which is now about 12 miles from here. If you see any one from Cobbolds tell them that we shall not be home till the end of the war. We are getting on well, but there was one chap got kicked yesterday and was removed to Colchester Hospital. I am now a skinner so Joe will have to wait till I get some money. Tell Father that Bill Foreman was as near getting killed as could be but he was not touched as the mare he was driving kicked the sanitary water cart to pieces there are two big holes in the tank that you might get your head in so of cours it cant be used lucky we had another.
Your loving brother
Same sheet of paper
I could not post this yesterday but I am posting today.
We have got our march done and we are done up. Will you send me 3 worth of Jackson foot powder as my feet are very uneasy. They did not put us in barracks but at an asylum. Joe must wait till I get down town. Send me some polish and brushes for buttons.
Editor:The Burch family lived next door to the Spinks at number 13, Star Lane. In 1911 Mr. Walter Burch, a widow lived with his daughters, Emma 14, Gladys 12, and son Frank 8, plus a widowed housekeeper Sarah Masterson, 40 and her sons, George 14 and Edward 13. Sarah Masterson died July 1914, aged 45.
Mrs. Emma Woodward, a widow lived at number 20, Star Lane. (in 1911 with her 36 year old daughter Harriet).
Letter number 2.
Pte E Spinks
4 Batt Suffk Rgt
My Dear Joe and all I am all right I thought perharps father would have been here today had I had known yesterday I should have sent his fare. There has been a lot of people from our grand old town that I know. I saw Sidney Sharp on Saturday night and went and had a drink with him. I bought a karki shirt on Saturday 5/6 and I am going to get another next pay day. Please send a waistcoat as the mornings are cold. Thanks for the currant loaf and polish which you can bet I began to want. We had a fine Church Parade today and had our own Chaplin from Ipswich. My kit bag if full to overcrowding. My dear Joe I am surprised at you for not having written as the soldiers were sent off on Friday night but it is not your fault perharps as you may not have received them. I think you will be pleased with them as they are all English British. 5 minutes after church parade me and my mate had a weekly wash 1 shirt 1 pair of pants 2 pair socks and they are now getting dry. If Mabel had been here she could not have helped laughing to see us as we looked tidy pictures. I think this is all as I am now going down to post this if the office in town is open. Tell Soot to send me a postcard as I have heard not much about her. Although I am away I am still her brother Soot.
I remain your loving son & brother
PS Photos for Joe and I dont here much from Aubrey and George are they all right.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion