Born: 1876, Framsden, Suffolk.

Died: 14th October 1917; age 41; Died Of Wounds, at the Royal Albert Hospital, Woolwich.

Employed: Messrs. Fison’s of Bramford, Suffolk.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: 21st June 1916.

Wounded on the 16th July 1916.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5259

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 14th Battalion transferred to 67521, 113th Coy, Labour Corps.

Formerly 36605, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,





Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs A. M. Reeve, of 20, Waterloo Street, Ipswich; Husband of E. Matthews, of 122, Handford Road, Ipswich.




1881   14, Bramford Road, Ipswich.


Charles was 3 years old and living with his parents & sister.

Charles Reeve, 25, a Carman, born Ipswich.

Hannah Maria Reeve (nee Matthews), 24, born Framsden.

Alice Martha Reeve, 1, born Ipswich.


1891   14, Bramford Road, Ipswich.


Charles was 13 years old and living with his parents & siblings. He was recorded with the surname Reeve on the census.

Charles, 39, a General Labourer.

Hannah, 32,

George Samuel Reeve, 5, born Ipswich.

Ellen Martha Reeve, 4, born Ipswich.

James Frank Reeve, 1, born Ipswich.


1901   26, Victoria Road, Ipswich.


Charles was 23 years old, a Bricklayer’s Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings. He was recorded with the surname Reeve on the census.

Charles, 48, a Carman’s Labourer.

Hannah, 43.

George, 16, a Bricklayer’s Labourer.

Ellen, 14, a Stay Factory Hand.

James, 12.

Albert Ernest Reeve, 10, born Ipswich.

William Percy Reeve, 7, born Ipswich.

Alice Gertrude Reeve, 5, born Ipswich.

Frederick Arthur Reeve, 8 months, born Ipswich.


1911   4, Mason Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 31 years old, a Bricklayer. He was married & Head of the House Hold.

Eliza, 30.

Herbert, 6.

Nellie, 4.


In 1905, Ipswich, Charles married Eliza Pallant, born Ashbocking, Suffolk. They had 2 children:

Herbert Charles G. Matthews, 1905, Ipswich.

Nellie Elizabeth Matthews, born 1906, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Eliza Matthews – widow.

LABOUR PRIVATE’S DEATH FROM WOUNDS.(1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury Newspaper)

On Friday afternoon the funeral took place at Ipswich Cemetery of Pte. Charles James Matthews, of a Labour Company. The deceased, who was formerly employed at Messrs. Fison’s works at Bramford, joined up on the 21st of June, 1916, and was wounded on July 16th last. He lay for several weeks in hospital in France, being afterwards sent to the Royal Albert Hospital at Woolwich, where he lingered for several weeks until death ensued on October 14th. He leaves a widow and two children.

Full military honours were accorded at the funeral. The coffin, which was of polished elm, with brass fittings, was draped with the national emblem and carried on a gun-carriage drawn by six black horses, furnished by the R.F.A. A bearer party and firing party, with four buglers, were furnished by the Northumberland Fusiliers. The burial service was read by the Rev. C. P. Phillips, curate of All Saint’s, Ipswich. The inscription on the coffin read: “Pte. Charles James Matthews, died October 14th, 1917, aged 40 years.” After the coffin had been lowered into the grave the usual three volleys were fired, after which the buglers sounded the “Last Post.”





Suffolk Regiment, 14th Battalion transferred to 67521, 113th Coy, Labour Corps

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements








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