image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper


Born: 4th October 1882, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Died: 21st December 1914, 6.30am; age 32; Died at Ipswich Isolation Hospital – Enteric Fever. Served 14 years & 122 days.

Wounded at the Battle of Mons.

Residence: 27, Kemp Street, Stoke, Ipswich.

Employed: Great Eastern Railway – for 10 months.

Residence: 27, Kemp Street, Stoke, Ipswich.

Enlistment Details: Guernsey; Date: 10th November 1900; Age: 18 years; Occupation: Striker; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 4 1/4ins, fresh complexion, grey eyes, brown hair. Tattoos – anchor, date of birth, 5207 on left forearm. Heart with dagger, True Love & flower on right forearm. Next of Kin: father – James Howard – 17, Ernest Street, Ipswich & wife – Louisa Howard – Bacon’s Court, Rope Walk, Ipswich.


Re-engaged: 16th September 1912.

Offences: Trotting his horses contrary to orders – 3 days C.B.

Absent from 12pm – 9am – 7 days C.B. and fortified 1 days pay.


Admitted to hospital 11th October 1914 – transferred back to England 29th October 1914 – H.M.H.S. ‘Carisbrook Castle’.


Rank: Driver; Service Number: T/17156

Regiment: Army Service Corps, No.1. Coy.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Louise Bales (formerly Howard), of 14, Garrett’s Buildings, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.






1891   71, Rope Walk, Ipswich.


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

James Howard, 37, a Shoe Maker, born Ardeleigh, Essex.

Emma Howard (nee Rivers), 34, born Wivenhoe, Essex.

James William Howard, 16, a Boot Rivetter, born Ipswich.

Albert Howard, 12, born Ipswich.

Frederick Howard, 10, born Ipswich.

George Howard, 5, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Howard, 2, born Ipswich.


1901   Aldershot Military, Stanhope & Wellington Lines, Hampshire.


Bertie was 18 years old, a Soldier ranked Driver for the Army Service Corps – Cleaning Area.


1911   41, Albert Street, Ipswich.


Bertie was 27 years old, a Railway Porter. He was married and Head of the Household, his sister was staying at his home.

Louisa, 25.

Emily, 4.

James, 3.

Lilian, 1.

Elizabeth, 21, a Waitress.


On the 2nd July 1905, Bertie married Louisa Chisnall, born 1884, Bramford, Suffolk. They had 5 children:

Elizabeth Emily Howard, born July 1906, Ipswich.

Bert James Howard, born August 1907, Oldham, Lancashire.

Lilian Howard, born April 1909, Oldham.

Edith Howard, born August 1912, Ipswich.

Dora Alice Howard, born June 1914, Ipswich.


Bertie was accorded a military funeral – expenses paid for by the O.C.


Soldiers’ Effects to Louisa Bales – widow.


The above are the photographs of the five sons and son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. James Howard, of 35, Albert Street, Ipswich. Their names, regiments, and service are:- (1) Pioneer T. Howard, Duke of Cornwall’s L.I., been out since January 1915. Prior to the war he worked at Luton Motor Works. (2) Pte. C. Howard, Worcester Regiment, been out in France 15 months; prior to the war a fruit hawker. (3) Pte. R. Howard, Suffolks, out in France 12 months; formerly a footman in Herts. (4) Pte. F. Howard, fifteen years in the Marines, missed off H.M.S. Venus. (5) Pte. B. Howard, A.S.C., wounded at the Battle of Mons, died in the Ipswich Isolation Hospital; worked for ten months on the G.E.R. (6) Pte. A.W. Bridges, Suffolks, has been wounded in France, and is ow at Felixstowe; worked at Mr. Tebbit’s St. Matthew’s, about fifteen years.

Army Service Corps, No.1. Coy:



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