Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph


Born: 1894, Little Stonham, Suffolk.

Died: 15th July 1916; age 22; KiA.

Residence: Ipswich.

Religion: CofE.

Enlistment Location: Mill Hill, Middlesex.


Rank: Private; Service Number: G/10708

Regiment: Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


The body was later exhumed, and identified by the general service uniform and boots, before reburial. Found on the body – his disc, a spoon stamped 10708, a brush stamped 348, and two dentures.


Grave Reference:


London Cemetery & Extension,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the William & Phoebe Allard; brother of Mrs A. Soar, of Ipswich.






1901   Great Road, Little Stonham, Suffolk.


Bertie was 7 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

William Calver Allard, 55, Agricultural – Horseman & Land, born Kirton, Suffolk.

Phoebe Allard, 50, born Earl Stonham, Suffolk.

George Frederick Allard, 17, a Carter, Little Stonham, Suffolk.

Edward, 15, a Stable Groom, born Little Stonham.

Ernest, 13, a Telegram Boy, born Little Stonham.

Albert Allard, 9, born Little Stonham.


1911   Little Stonham, Suffolk.


Bertie was 17 years old, a Grocer’s Apprentice. He was living with his widowed mother & brothers.

Phoebe, 63.

Edward was 24, a Maltster’s Labourer

Ernest, 23, a Labourer.

Albert, 19, a Farm Labourer.


Soldiers’ Effects to Reginald Mason Cook.


The Somme Offensive Day 15

The battle of the Bazentin Ridge and the attack on High Wood.
The 4th Battalion the Suffolks 15th July 1916 regimental records:
While the 4th Battalion was moving through Becordel to the position between Fricourt and Mametz where they bivouacked during the night of July 14th-15th, the battle of the Bazentin Ridge was raging in all its fury. They were not destined, however, to remain long thus upon the fringe of the hostilities, and at dawn went out under the command of Major H.C.Copeman D.S.O to support the 1st Middlesex Regiment in an attack on Switch trench. After severe fighting, a line immediately in front of the Village of Bazentin-le-Petit was taken up and held for the remainder of the day. The casualties in the battalion exceeded two hundred.
This is the highest death rate of the war for Ipswich. 17 men.


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