Born: 1883, Cotton, Suffolk.

Died: 18th April 1915; age 32; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Date of Entry Therein: 24th March 1915 – France.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5961

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:

Enclosure No. 4 XL. AA.45.

Bedford House Cemetery,







1891   Cotton, Suffolk


Arthur was 7 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings

Eliza Gaffer (nee Mutimer), 36, a Charwoman; born Mendlesham, Suffolk.

William Gaffer, 15, an Agricultural Labourer, born Cotton.

George Gaffer, 13, an Agricultural labourer, born Cotton.

Jane Gaffer, 10, born Cotton.

John Gaffer, 1, born Cotton.


1901   Cotton, Suffolk.


Arthur was 18 years old, a Porter at a corn merchants and living with his mother & brothers

Eliza, 46, a Charwoman.

John, 11.

Frederick Gaffer, 6, born Cotton.


1911   65, Commercial Road, Ipswich.


Arthur was 27 and a Carman for a contractor. He was a boarder at the home of James Wright.


Arthur’s father was John Gaffer a Farm Labourer born in Cotton in 1853. He died in 1886 when Arthur was 3 years old.


Arthur’s mother Eliza, remarried in 1901 to John Last a Farm Labourer.


In 1914, Arthur Edward Gaffer married Minnie Upson, born 1893, Little Bealings, Suffolk.

They had a daughter:

Rosa E. Gaffer in 1915, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effets to Minnie Burton – widow.


Arthur is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich.



Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion:

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

Suffolk Regiment website

Friends of The Suffolk Regiment



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