Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1917


Born: 1880, St. Mary at the Key, Ipswich.

Died: 24th May 1917; age 37; KiA.

Employed: Orwell Works, Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.

Next of Kin: John & Esther Higham, of 7, Turret Buildings, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.


Rank: Private: Service Number: 200407

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Bay 4,

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,





1881   1, Osborne’s Yard, Ipswich.


Charles was a year old and living with his parents & sisters.

John Higham, 25, a Boot Maker, born Brandon, Suffolk.

Esther Agnes Higham (nee Vineyard), 23, born Ipswich.

Alice Maud Mary Higham, 5, born Ipswich.

Agnes Maud Higham, 3, born Ipswich.

Maria Maud Higham, 4 months, born Ipswich.


1891   52, Lower Orwell Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John, 35, a Boot Maker.

Esther, 33.

Alice, 15, a Stay Maker.

Maria, 10.

Emma Jessie Higham, 8, born Ipswich.

William John Higham, 4, born Ipswich.

1 boarder.


1901   43, Woodhouse Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 21 years old, a General Labourer. He was living with his sister & her family.

Arthur William Thirkettle, 30, a General Labourer, born Sudbury, Suffolk.

Alice Thirkettle (nee Higham), 25.

Arthur William J. Thirkettle, 4, born Ipswich.

Florence Louisa Thirkettle, 3, born Ipswich.

William Charles Thirkettle, 1, born Ipswich – died 1901, Ipswich.


1911   40, Woodhouse Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 31 years old, a Plough Grinder. He was living with his sister & her family.

Arthur, 40, a Plough Brest Bender.

Alice, 35.

Arthur, 14, Plough Fitting.

Florence, 13.

Maurice George Thirkettle, 1, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to John Higham – father, Esther A. Higham – mother, William J. Higham – brother, and sisters – Emma J. Barnard, Maria M. Upson, Jessie E, Higham and Alice Thirkettle.


Charles is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich, and at St. Clement’s Church, Ipswich.

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