Bertram is remembered on a flower trough – 12 o’clock face, at the First World War Field of Honour, Ipswich Old Cemetery.


Born: 22nd October 1870, Orwell Lodge, Belstead Road, Ipswich.

Baptised: 8th June 1872, at St. Mary Stoke Church, Ipswich.

Died: 30th June 1918; age: 47; Died of Pneumonia following Influenza at No. 2 General Hospital, Havre.

Residence: Westerfield House, Westerfield, Suffolk.

Date of Entry Therein: 3rd March 1917 – France.


Rank: Lieutenant.

Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps, Mechanical Transport, 8th Auxiliary Steam Company.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Ste. Marie Cemetery,

Le Havre,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Robert Charles & Elizabeth Ransome, of Orwell Lodge, Ipswich; husband of Phyllis M. Ransome, of Westerfield House, Westerfield, Suffolk.




1871   Orwell Lodge, Belstead Road, Ipswich.


Bertram was 6 months old and living with his parents, siblings & maternal aunt.


Robert Charles Ransome, 40, an Engineer, born Ipswich.

(Mayor of Ipswich 1866-1867)





Elizabeth Ransome (nee Gibb), 30, born 3, Canal Grove, Camberwell, South London.

Ethel Margaret Ransome, 4, born Ipswich.

Charles Wilson Ransome, 2, born Ipswich.

Mildred Ransome, 1, born Ipswich.

Rebecca Gibb, 30, a Lady, born 3, Canal Grove, Camberwell, South London.

1 nurse.

1 under nurse.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

1 under housemaid.

1 groom.


1881   The Vicarage, Ashbocking, Suffolk.


Bertram was 10 years old, a Scholar and Boarder with 23 other boys at the private school – Headmaster – 46 year old, Maurice Byles Cowell – Vicar of Ashbocking Church. M.A.


1891   69, Shields Road, Glasgow Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland.


Bertram was 20 years old, an Engineer’s Apprentice. He was living with his widowed mother & sisters.

Elizabeth, 50.

Ethel, 24.

Mildred, 21.

3 general servants.


1901   Shirleigh, St. Edmunds Road, Ipswich.


Bertram was 30 years old, a Mechanical Engineer & Iron Founder Employer. He was married and Head of the Household.

Phyllis, 22.

Charles, 8 months.

sister-in-law Nina Packard, 24, born Bramford, Suffolk.

1 cook.

1 nurse.

1 parlourmaid.


1911   Westerfield House, Westerfield, Suffolk.


Bertram was 40 years old, an Engineer & Iron Founder – Agricultural Implements – employer. He was married and Head of the Household.

Phyllis, 32.

Philip, 7.

David, 6.

Margaret, 6.

John, 1.

1 cook.

2 housemaids.

1 nurse.

1 nursemaid.


On the 29th April 1899, at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford, Suffolk, Bertram married Phyllis Margaret Packard, born May 1878, Bramford, Suffolk.

They had 6 children:

Charles Edward Cedric Ransome, born August 1900, Ipswich.

Philip Coleby Ransome, born May 1903, Ipswich.

David Packard Ransome, born February 1905, Ipswich.

Margaret Hope Ransome, born March 1907, Ipswich.

John Bertram Ransome, born August 1909, Westerfield.

Richard Barrett Ransome, born March 1915, Westerfield.


Probate to Phyllis Margaret Ransome – widow, and Walter Gerald Turner Packard – chemical manure manufacturer, and William Thomas Barnard Block – solicitor.

Flower troughs placed at the base of the cross.

Bertram is also remembered at St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church, Westerfield, Suffolk with a personal brass plaque. Dedicated To The Memory Of Bertram Coleby Ransome, Lieutenant, Army Service Corps. Born October 22nd 1870. Died In France June 30th 1918. This Brass Is Placed By The Offices, NCOS, Men And QMAAC Members, Of The Eighth Auxilliary Steam Company, Army Service Corps.

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