Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.

Born: 1883, Ipswich, Suffolk.

Died: 1st July 1916; age 33; KiA – by a shell whilst giving a wounded comrade a drink of water.

Residence: 4, Unity Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Bricklayer.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich, at the beginning of the war.

Date of Entry Therein: 23rd August 1914.

Arthur took part in the retreat from Mons and the Battle of the Marne. He had been in the trenches ever since.


Rank: Sapper; Service Number: 11152

Regiment: Corps of Royal Engineers, 9th Field Convoy.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Grave Reference:

  1. P. 1.

Mailly Wood Cemetery,







1891   7, Charles Street, Ipswich.


Arthur was 8 years old and living with his father, stepmother, sister & stepbrother.

Arthur Roper, 34, a Bricklayer; born Ipswich.

Clara Roper (nee Mannall), 35; born Manningtree, Essex.

Ada Harriett Roper, 11, born Manningtree.

William James Mannall, 11, born Ipswich.


1901   178, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.


Arthur was 18 years old and living with his father, stepmother, stepbrother & cousin.

Arthur, 44, a Bricklayer.

Clara, 45.

William, 21, a Watch Maker.

Albert John Dalton, 7, born Banackpoou, Calcutta.


1911   4, Unity Street, Ipswich.


Arthur was 28, a Bricklayer. He was married and head of the household.

Alice Roper, 28.

Alice, 5.

Beatrice, 3.

Arthur, 8 months.


Arthur’s mother was Mary Ann Roper (nee Lilleystone), born January 1851, Ingatestone, Essex – died 1885, Ipswich.


On the 30th July 1905, at the Congregational Grimwade Memorial Chapel, Ipswich, Arthur married Alice Maria Luff, born June 1882, Ipswich – daughter of Edward Luff-Rolfe, a seaman, and Alice Marsh (nee Stannard (1st marriage Luff Rolfe)) and stepdaughter of John Marsh, a plough fitter’s labourer, of Albion Street, Ipswich.


Alice and Arthur had four children:

Alice Ida Roper, born January 1906, Ipswich.

Beatrice Maud Roper, born March 1908, Ipswich.

Arthur Edward Roper, born July 1910, Ipswich.

Hilda May Roper, born June 1912, Ipswich.

Photograph courtesy of Cynthia – shows Alice with her four children Alice, Beatrice, Arthur and baby Hilda.

Soldiers’ Effects to Alice M. Roper – widow.


Note from grandson John: “Arthur was killed by a shell when he was giving a drink to a wounded comrade.”


Arthur is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, and at Holy Trinity Church Memorial, Ipswich, and on the headstone of his wife Alice Maria Roper, at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Ipswich.



Corps of Royal Engineers, 9th Field Convoy


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  • Thank you for this full information. Arthur’s sister, Ada, was my great-grandmother.


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