Born: 1886, Ipswich.

Died on or since: 26th August 1914; age 28; KiA – Le Cateau, Marne ‘Battle of Le Cateau’.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 15th August 1914.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 6275;

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.


Grave Reference:

La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Fred & Sarah Roper; husband of Ethel Maud Roper, of Regent Court, Regent Street, Ipswich.




1891   32, Wellington Street, Ipswich.


William was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Frederick Roper, 32, a Fish Monger – own account, born Ipswich.

Sarah Ann Roper (nee Simpson), 28, born Ipswich.

Frederick Leonard Roper, 11, born Ipswich.

Louisa Susannah Roper, 9, born Ipswich.

Alfred Roper, 2, born Ipswich.


1901   21, Wellington Street, Ipswich.


William was 15 years old, a General Labourer – Stay Factory. He was living with his parents, siblings & maternal uncle.

Frederick, 43, a Pork Butcher – Slaughter.

Sarah, 39.

Frederick, 21, a Butcher.

Alfred, 12.

Rose Eleanor Roper, 9, born Ipswich.

Alice Maud Roper, 6, born Ipswich.

Elijah Simpson, 31, a General Labourer.


1911   5, Porter’s Cottages, Grey Friars Road, Ipswich.


William was 25 years old, a General Labourer – Market Gardener. He was married & Head of the Household.

Ethel, 23.


On the 24th May 1908, at Ipswich Register Office, William married Ethel Maud Burch, born 1887, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

They had 5 children:

William James Roper Burch, born August 1906, Ipswich.

Frederick Leonard Roper, born June 1908, Ipswich – died April 1909, at 11, Westgate Court, Ipswich. William’s occupation was recorded as Corporation Labourer.

Alfred Charles Roper, born March 1910, Ipswich.

Edward George Roper, born 1911, Ipswich – died 1913, Ipswich.

Florence Elsie Roper, born January 1914, Ipswich.



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