Born: 1890, Ipswich.

Died: 8th May 1915; age 24; KiA.

Residence: 1a, Salem Street, Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 11th March 1915 – France.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 8056.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 21.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Elizabeth Carpenter, of 1a, Salem Street, Ipswich.






1891   21, Fairlight Street, Ipswich.


Willie was 10 months old and living with his parents & siblings.

William James Carpenter, 29, a Carman, born Westminster, London.

Elizabeth Carpenter (nee Orford), 29, born Great Oakley, Essex.

Ethel Emma Carpenter, 8, born Ipswich.

Bryant Edward Carpenter, 7, born Ipswich.

Florence Gertrude Carpenter, 4, born Ipswich.

Annie Maud Carpenter, 3, born Ipswich.


1901   75, St. Margaret’s Street, Ipswich.


Willie was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William, 39, a General Labourer.

Elizabeth, 38.

Ethel, 20.

Maud, 12.

(Nellie) Ellen Elizabeth Carpenter, 9, born Ipswich.

Charles Frederick Carpenter, 7, born Ipswich.

Herbert Sidney Carpenter, 3, born Ipswich.

Albert Stanley Carpenter, 2 months, born Ipswich.


1911   Barrosa Barracks, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot, Farnham, Surrey.


Willie was 20 years old, a Soldier ranked Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment.


Willie’s father William James Carpenter, died 1906, Ipswich.


Mrs. Carpenter, of 1a, Salem Street, Ipswich, has four sons and a son-in-law in the Army. Prior to May last she had five sons serving, but lost one at Ypres on May 8th, 1915. Their names and regiments are as follows:- 1. Prvt. B. Carpenter, 2nd Suffolks, who has been out since the beginning of the war, was wounded on March 3rd last. 2. Prvt. W. Carpenter, 1st Suffolks, killed at Ypres, May 8th, 1915. 3. Gunner C. Carpenter, East Anglian (Howitzer) Brigade, R.F.A., joined in June last, now in training at Mildenhall. 4. Prvt. G. Carpenter, 4th Suffolks, joined in May, now in training at Alton West, near Tring, Herts. 5. Driver S. Carpenter, East Anglian (Howitzer) Brigade, R.F.A., at Mildenhall. 6. Bombr. F. Hood, East Anglian (Howitzer) Brigade, R.F.A.

Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper

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