Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph

Born: 1893, Ipswich.

Died: 14th July 1917; age 24; KiA.

Residence: 51, St. John’s Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 340350

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, Essex & Suffolk, 351st Siege Battery.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Archibald was killed at the same time as 32 year old Robert Steele, a Gunner, service number 143631, for the Royal Garrison Artillery, 351 Battery. Robert was born in Bucknall, Staffordshire, the son of Thomas Steele & Margaret Ann Steele (nee Dennis). In 1906, Robert married Nellie Nixon, they had four children and made their family home in Hanley, Stoke on Trent, where Robert was a coal miner and hewer.

Robert was laid to rest next to Archibald in grave IV.C.12.


Grave Reference:


Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Second son of Walter A. Balaam, of 51, St. John’s Road, Ipswich.




1901   97, Hervey Street, Ipswich.


Archibald was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Walter Albert Balaam, 36, a Gas Fitter, born St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Sarah Maria Balaam (nee Paternoster), 47, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

Evelyn May Balaam, 11, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

Joshua Stanley Balaam, 10, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

Reginald Cecil Balaam, 5, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.


1911   51, St. John’s Road, Ipswich.


Archibald was 18 years old, a Coal Merchant’s Clerk. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Walter, 45, a Lawn Mower Fitter.

Sarah, 56.

Evelyn, 21, a Waitress in a Cafe.

Joshua, 20, a Poor Law Clerk.

Reginald, 15, an Errand Boy.


Soldiers’ Effects to Walter A. Balaam & Sarah M. Balaam – parents.


The Royal Garrison Artillery The RGA developed from fortress-based artillery fix positions mainly coastal fortresses and batteries. 1914 the army only had a small number of heavy artillery. The RGA grew as the warfare became static. They were armed with heavy, large-calibre guns and howitzers that were positioned some way behind the front line and had immense destructive power.



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