Image from 1916 Chronicle newspaper.

Born: 1886, Ipswich.

Died: 27th March 1918; age 32; KiA.

Residence: 10, Arthur Street, Ipswich.

Employed: Blacksmith’s Striker at Messrs. Ransomes Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

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


Wounded: Severe wounds in the right thigh received on the 3rd July 1916 – sent to Manchester Hospital for recovery.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 319290

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 25.

Pozieres Memorial,






1891 Ipswich.


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

William Noah Ladbrook, 42, a Railway Labourer – Plate, born Eaton, Norwich, Norfolk.

Anna Eliza Ladbrook (nee Madderson), 38, born Little Bealings, Suffolk.

(Frank) Francis Madderson Ladbrook, 11, born Ipswich.

Ernest William Ladbrook, 9, born Harwich, Essex.


1901   18, Black Horse Lane, Ipswich.


William was 15 years old, a Striker – Iron Foundry. He was living with his parents & siblings.

William, 52, a Railway Labourer.

Eliza, 46.

Stanley Ladbrook, 9, born Ipswich.

Ethel May Ladbrook, 7, born Ipswich.

Bertie Charles Ladbrook, 5, born Ipswich.


1911   4, Potter Street, Ipswich.


William was 25 years old, a Blacksmith’s Striker – Engineering Works. He was married and Head of the Household.

Ellen, 22.

William, 1.


William’s father, William Noah Ladbrook, died 1910, Ipswich.


In 1909, Ipswich, William married Ellen Eliza Butcher, born 1889, Ipswich. They had 3 children:

William George Ladbrook, born 1910, Ipswich.

Ethel M. Ladbrook, born 1911, Ipswich.

Percy Reginald Ladbrook, born April 1913, Ipswich.


William was a member of the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade.


William’s brother, Francis Madderson Ladbrooke also lost his life in the First World War. He died of Pneumonia on the 25th January 1921, aged 41. Francis was ranked Private/Guardsman, service number 5636, of the Guards Machine Gun Regiment. Francis was laid to rest at the Field of Honour, Ipswich Old Cemetery, Ipswich.


William is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.

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