Ipswich Postal Staff
Roll of Honour Unveiled By The Mayor
(December 1915, Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury Newspaper)
An interesting function took place at the Ipswich Post Office on Friday evening, when in the presence of the staff and friends and relatives of the employees, the Mayor unveiled a roll of honour, containing the names of members of the staff who have joined the colours.
The “roll” of those serving is painted in oils on a panel, and enclosed in glass, so arranged that additions can be made to it. The flags at the top are those of Great Britain and her Allies, and the centre medallion at the foot contains the Borough Coat of Arms. It is fixed in the public office facing the entrance.
Mr. S.J. Ching, the postmaster, in introducing the Mayor (Mr. Sydney Brand), said they met that night to render honour to those brave comrades who had gone to fight with the Army and Navy.
Mayor of Ipswich Sidney Brand
In unveiling the roll of honour, the Mayor said that Mr. Ching had told them that it was the first time a Mayor of Ipswich had had the pleasure of going behind that counter. He could only say he had spent a considerable time the other side. (Laughter.) They met that night on a very serious occasion. All would agree with him that the Roll of Honour was one they could look at with admiration. The men whose names they saw on it were not men who had selected soldiering as a profession, but were men who had responded to the call of their King and country when needed. When they looked at the Roll they would feel proud that they in Ipswich had sent from one institution such a magnificent number as seventy. With regard to the collection of money week by week for the widows and orphans of those soldiers who had gone out from the post offices in England, he would like to give a hint as to the postmen who went out in all weathers. Last year those men were good enough not to ask for any Christmas-boxes, but this year he suggested they should ask for them, and that the money collected should be added to the fund referred to by Mr. Ching. The Roll of Honour they saw before them contained the names of twenty-nine sorting clerks and telegraphists, and forty-one postmen and outdoor officers. Of these ten had joined the Navy, two were wireless operators on ships, fifteen had joined the signal companies, and they were all risking their lives just as much as the man in the trenches. Great work was being done by the Post office servants. They should thank all the men who had gone away to the battlefield. There was one sad thing he had to mention, and that was the death of Mr. C.J. Garrod, an Ipswich postman, who went down with the Aboukir. Another man was also involved in the disaster but was safely landed at Harwich. He was delighted to tell them that one of their sorting-clerks had secured a commission, and they must congratulate him. There were 50,000 men of the Post Office at the present time serving their country.
The Mayor concluded by saying that the thanks of the public were due to those who had been left behind to do the work whilst their brothers were fighting for them in distant lands.
A vote of thanks to the Mayor was accorded, on the motion of Mr. C. Stevens, late Postmaster of Ipswich.
The post office memorial was removed from the main post office on the Cornhill Ipswich ( now a bank ) to the main sorting office at Commercial Road Ipswich.
(Some images have been lost from the frame since the move.)
FIRST WORLD WAR
click on the red writing for the men’s details.
SECOND WORLD WAR
The Royal Mail Sorting office Commercial Road Ipswich