Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph



Born: 27th May 1890, 15, Auckland Street, Lambeth, Surrey.

Baptised: 3rd August 1890, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Croydon, Surrey.

Died: 11th December 1921; age 31; of Subacute Infective Endocarditis, at the East Suffolk & Ipswich Hospital, Ipswich. Widow – Edith K. Anderton was present at the death.

Post Mortem requested.

Residence: 27, Windsor Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Journeyman – Flour Miller.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 42943.

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:

Ipswich Old Cemetery,





1891   15, Auckland Street, Lambeth, Surrey.

Arthur was 10 months old and living with his parents.

Arthur Anderton, 23, a Miller, born Croydon, Surrey.

Anne Anderton (nee English), 22, born Whissonett, Norfolk.


1901   2, Riverside Cottages, Beddington, Surrey.

Arthur was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Arthur, 32, an Engine Fitter.

Anne, 31.

Olive Rose Anderton, 6, born Croydon, Surrey.

Percy John Anderton, 2, born Croydon, Surrey.

Eva Kathleen Anderton, 1, born Croydon, Surrey.


1911   27, Cumberland Street, Ipswich.

Arthur was 20 years old, a Machine Man – Millers. He was boarding at the home of Robert John Norman, 64, a Window Cleaner.


On the 2nd December 1911, Ipswich, Arthur married Edith Kathleen Callagham, born September 1892, at 10, Wilberforce Street, Ipswich – daughter of John Thomas Callagham, a stay cutter, and Marie Edith Callagham (nee Allen), of Ipswich.

Edith and Arthur had one daughter:

Ruby Olive Kathleen Anderton, born December 1912, Ipswich.


Arthur’s brother Percy John Anderton also fell. Percy was KiA on the 14th March 1916 aged 17. He was ranked a Private, Service number 6900 for The Queens’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 6th Battalion. Laid to rest at Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.



The Machine Gun Corps was formed in October 1915 as the machine gun proved to be held affective as infantry support in trench warfare. Cavalry and Motor branches, followed in 1916 by the Heavy Branch. A depot and training centre was established at Belton park in Grantham, also a training base depôt at Camiers in France .the men where trained to a higher technical standard ,capable of stripping down and mending the guns in the field.

The Machine Gun Corps had 62,049 casualties, including 12,498 killed out of 170,500 officers and men earning it the nickname ’the Suicide Club’ manly as machine guns were static or fix positions becoming prime targets for the enemy.



One Comment

  • Is anything known about Arthur’s death? If he is listed as a victim of WW1 but didn’t die until 1921? Was he hospitalised in the meantime? Wounds? Gas? PS. I am descended from his uncle George Anderton.


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