Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.
Registered at birth as Francis Madderson.
Born: 1881, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.
Died: 25th January 1921; age: 41; Died of Pneumonia.
Enlistment Details: Date: 17th November 1898; age: 19 years & 10 months. Joined Grenadier Guards – London – 21st November 1898.
Discharged: Termination of 1st Period of Engagement – 16th November 1910.
Enlistment Details: Location: Melton Mowbray; Date: 4th January 1915; Age: 34 years & 76 days; Occupation: Groom; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: wife – Mary Florence Ladbrooke, of 59, Bridge Road, Leicester. Height: 5ft 10 1/4ins, fresh complexion, grey eyes & brown hair.
Embarked Southampton – 30th March 1918.
Disembarked Havre – 31st March 1918.
Joined Base Depot 1st April 1918 – Rouen.
Joined Regiment – Field – 7th April 1918.
Transferred Guards Machine Gun Regiment – 10th May 1918.
Home: 4th January 1915 – 29th March 1918.
B.E.F. France: 30th March 1918 – 20th February 1919.
Home: 21st February 1919 – 21st March 1919. Served 4 years & 76 days.
Rank: Private/Guardsman; Service Number: 5636.
Regiment: Guards Machine Gun Regiment.
The Guards Machine Regiment was initially formed in 1915 when machine-gun companies were beginning to form in the Guards Division. In April 1917, the four companies merged to form the Machine Gun Guards. In 1918, it was renamed again by Royal Warrant to the 6th or Machine Gun Regiment of Foot Guards. In June, the regiment was reorganised into five battalions. The Machine Gun Guards were disbanded in 1920.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Eliza Ladbrook; husband of Mary Florence Ladbrooke, of 35, Oakley Road, Leicester.
1881 Morfey Court, Ipswich.
Francis was a year old and living with his parents.
William Noah Ladbrook, 30, a Railway Porter, born Eaton, Norfolk.
Anna Eliza Ladbrook (nee Madderson), 38, born Little Bealings, Suffolk.
Francis was 11 years old and living with his parents & brothers.
William Noah Ladbrook, 42, a Railway Labourer – Plate.
Anna Eliza Ladbrook, 38.
William Ladbrook, 11, born Ipswich.
Ernest William Ladbrook, 9, born Harwich, Essex.
1911 59, Bridge Street, Leicester, Leicestershire.
Francis was 31 years old, a Police Constable – Borough Council. He was married and Head of the Household.
William’s father, William Noah Ladbrook, died 1910, Ipswich.
In 1909, Leicester, Leicestershire, Francis married, Mary Florence Freestone, born 1878, Ipswich. They had 2 sons:
Frank Ladbrooke, born 1910, St. Barnabas, Leicester, Leicestershire.
Neville Cuthbert Ladbrooke, born 1912, Leicester, Leicestershire.
Francis’s brother William also lost his life in the First World War. KiA on the 27th March 1918, he was 32 years old, ranked a Lance Corporal, service number 319290, of the 7th battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. William is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France, panel 25.