Born: 1885, Ipswich.

Died: 8th February 1916; age 32; KiA – killed by shell fire.

Evening Star – Thursday, 2nd March 1916 – 9th SUFFOLK KILLED IN FRANCEMrs. Emma Jane Garnham, of 28, Albion Street, has received a letter from Second-Lieut. L. Wilmot-Johnson stating that her husband, Private Charles Edward Garnham, who was attached to the 9th Suffolk Regiment, was killed by shell fire on the 8th February. The Lieutenant says: – “He died instantly, therefore suffering no pain. Although he was only a short time with my company I had always found him a good and thorough soldier.”

Enlistment Location: Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire.

Date of Entry Therein: 12th May 1915.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 17556

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 9th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


White House Cemetery,

St. Jean-Les-Ypres,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Stephen & Maria Garnham, of Ipswich; husband of Emma J. Garnham, of 17, McCreton Street, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire.

Maternal uncle to HARRY BAKER.




1891   28, Albion Street, Ipswich.


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

Stephen Garnham, 48, a Sawyer, born Nacton, Suffolk.

Maria Garnham (nee Gosling), 49, born Needham Market, Suffolk.

Frederick William Garnham, 21, born Ipswich.

Emma Laura Garnham, 9, born Ipswich.

Alice Maria Garnham, 3, born Ipswich.


1901   at anchor Harwich Harbour, St. Nicholas, Harwich, Essex.


Charles was 17 years old, an Able Seaman and Cook on board the sailing vessel ‘Alice’. Master – Thomas Strange.


1911   15, Albion Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 26 years old, a General Labourer. He was married and Head of the Household.

Emma, 23.

Edna, 2.

Hilda, 1.


On the 1st January 1903, at Sunderland, Charles was 19 years old, an Able Seaman on board the ‘Cock o’ the Walk’, Weymouth. Master – Henry Strange. Charles was earning £3.


In 1907, Middlebrough, Yorkshire, Charles married Emma Jane Woollard, born March 1887, Ipswich.

They had 4 children:

Edna May Garnham, born October 1908, North Ormesby, Yorkshire.

Hilda Alice Garnham, born February 1910, Ipswich.

Harold C. Garnham, born 1912, Ipswich – died 1914, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.

Charles Edward Garnham, born October 1916, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.


Soldiers’ Effects to Emma J. Garnham – widow.


Charles is also remembered on the war memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich, and the Middlesbrough War Memorial, Albert Park (incorrectly spelt Garnhaw).


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