image from 1917 Chronicle newspaper.
Born: 12th December 1896, Ipswich.
Died: 12th October 1917; KiA.
Residence: No. 3, Permit Office, Ipswich.
Employed: as a Sailor on a barge at Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 200431
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion.
Formerly 2061, Suffolk Regiment.
Panel 40 to 41 & 162 to 162A.
Nephew to ALFRED WILLIS.
1901 Cox Lane, Ipswich.
William was 4 years old and living with his mother, step father & step sister.
Harry Aldolphus Saunders, 36, an Iron Foundry Labourer, born Ipswich.
Jessie Saunders (nee Siggers), 25, born Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Florence Ada Saunders, 2 months, born Ipswich.
1911 10, York Place, Lady Lane, Ipswich.
William was 15 years old, an Errand Boy – Milk Works. He was living with his maternal grandfather & uncle. He was recorded on the census as Saunders.
James Siggers, 63, a widow, a Boot Repairer, born Colchester, Essex.
Henry Siggers, 20, a House Painter, born Ipswich.
William’s father was William Willis born, 1874 – died 13th November 1896, Ipswich. Just 1 month before William was born.
Soldiers’ Effects to Jessie Saunders – mother.
William is also remembered on the war memorial at Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich.
Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion