Photograph courtesy of Jayne McClusker


Born: 10th September 1884, Nacton, Suffolk.

Died: 1st January 1915; age 31; KiA with submarine in the English Channel.


Enlistment Details: Location: Chatham; Date: 10th September 1902 – signed up for 12 years; Occupation: Gardener. Height on enlistment: 5ft 3ins – height at 18 years: 5ft 8ins, fresh complexion, brown eyes & dark brown hair.

Rank: Petty Officer; Service Number: 208727

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Formidable’.


Memorial Reference:

Chatham Naval Memrial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Rose Pipe, of Nacton; husband of Edith Florence Pipe, of 100, Dover Road, Ipswich.




1891   Nursery Cottages, Nacton, Suffolk.


Albert was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Pipe, 55, a Railway Signalman, born Little Bealings, Suffolk.

Rose Ann Pipe (nee Punt), 32, born Levington, Suffolk.

Ethel Miselbrook Pipe, 9, born Nacton, Suffolk.

Rose Ellen Pipe, 3, born Nacton.

Priscilla Pipe, 1, born Nacton.


1901   Portland, Portsmouth, Hampshire.


Albert was 16 years old, a Boy 1st Class, on board ‘Minotaur’ a 1st Class Cruiser. Commander – Ernest A. Barton.


1911   Gibralter.


Albert was 26 years old, a Leading Seaman on board ‘London’ a 1st Class Battleship of the Atlantic Fleet. Captain – Hugh Francis Paget Sinclair. Albert was 1 of the 712 men & boys on board, he was married and a Congregtionalist.


In 1911, Albert’s wife & daughter were living at their family home 77, Henslow Road, Ipswich.

Edith, 27, a Laundress.

Edith, 4.

Edith’s mother & brothers were also living at the house.


Albert’s mother, Rose Ann Pipe, died 1892, Nacton, Suffolk.


In 1909, Ipswich, Albert married Edith Florence Taylor, born 1883, Ipswich. They had 3 children:

Edith Mildred Pipe Taylor, born 1907, Ipswich.

Gladys Violet Pipe, born 1912, Ipswich.

Albert Edward Pipe, born October 1913, Ipswich.


Albert is also remebered on the war memorial at Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich.


H.M.S. ‘Formidable’

H.M.S. ‘Formidable’

H.M.S. ‘Formidable’

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