Born: 1882, The Vicarage, Hale, Farnham, Surrey.

Died: 8th February 1915; age 33; Died of Pneumonia at Marazion, Cornwall, after a weeks serious illness. John had gone to Cornwall for recuperation, in the hope of an early return to active service after his recovery from being severely wounded in the head by pieces of shell (causing prolonged unconsciousness and loss of memory), at Ennetieve, near Lille on the 20th October, while directing his gunfire from the front; he afterwards carried his Corporal Telephonist, whose leg was smashed in three places, a distance of 300 yards back to the Infantry lines, through heavy shell fire. He returned to England on the 6th November, and was treated at the King Edward VII Hospital, Grosvenor Square.

Ipswich School magazine November 1914 & March 1915


Reported in The Gazette – 2nd September 1900 – Royal Regiment Artillery Gentleman Cadet – to be Second Lieutenant.

Served in the Mohmand Campaign, on the North-west Frontier, in April 1908, receiving the Medal with Clasp.

Went out to France with the 6th Division. He was in the fighting on the Aisne, and in the advance in Flanders.

Attained the rank of Major in October 1914.



Rank: Major

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 52nd Battery.


Grave Reference:IMG_6717


Ipswich Old Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the Rev. John Powell, of St. Clement’s Rectory, Ipswich; husband of Ghita Belcher (formerly Slade-Powell), of New Place, Ickham, Canterbury.




1891   ‘Woodview’, Westerfield Road, Ipswich.


John was 10 years old and living with his parents & maternal grandmother.

John Powell, 44, a Clerk in Holy Orders, born Worcester, West Midlands.

Annie Powell (nee Slade), 48, born Worcester.

Ann Slade, 67, born Worcester.

2 general domestic servants.


1901   Royal Artillery Barracks, The Barracks, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.


John was 20 years old, an Officer ranked Lieutenant of the Royal Field Artillery.


1911   India & Ceylon.


John was 30 years old, he was married and a Captain of the Royal Field Artillery.


John attended Ipswich School – entered 1891.


On the 12th October 1907, Bombay, India, John married Ghita Isabel Colchester, born 1882, Ipswich. They had 1 son:

Jack Harold Slade-Powell, born August 1908, Kanauli, Begal, India.


John is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School.

Royal Field Artillery, 52nd Battery

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