Image from 1918 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury Newspaper


Born: 1898, Ipswich.

Died: 1st December 1917; age 19; KiA.

Employed at Messrs. R.W. Paul, at the Maltings, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 20651

Regiment: Coldstream Guards, 3rd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 2.

Cambrai Memorial,






1901   3, Little Queen Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 3 years old and living with his mother at the home of his maternal grandparents & aunts.

George Wells, 44, worked at the Docks, born Westerfield, Suffolk.

Bessie Wells (nee Runnacles), 45, born Baddingham, Suffolk.

Rose Wells, 10, born Ipswich.

Dolly Wells, 8, born Ipswich.

Florence Rachel Runnacles, 21, a Tailor’s Machinist, born Ipswich.


1911   7, Little Queen Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 13 years old, an Errand Boy – Maypole Dairy. He was living with his widowed mother & step brothers.

Florence, 33, a Sack Mender – Paul’s Ltd.

George Harold Woor, 7, born Ipswich.

Albert Joseph Woor, 5, born Ipswich.


In 1916, Ipswich, Charles married Fanny Louisa Seager, born 1898, Bramford, Suffolk.

They had 1 daughter:

Rose Doris May Runnacles, born October 1916, Ipswich.

Images courtesy of Malcolm Smith.


Coldstream Guards, 3rd Battalion


One Comment

  • Charles Ruffles Runnacles was my great grandfather. I have a photo of him in his uniform and letters he sent home from the from at Cambrai.
    Charles name is on the cenotaph in Christchurch park, Ipswich. As yet, I haven’t visited his plaque at Cambrai but will soon.
    Malcolm smith (Kesgrave)


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