Born: 1895, Ipswich.

Died: 19th May 1915; age 20; Died of Wounds in hospital – Prisoner of War.

Residence: 7, James Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 3rd December 1914 – France.

Rank: Private: Service Number: 3/8979

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

Body exhumed from communal cemetery in January 1928, identified by a cross on grave and small German headstone, and by a German dossier and plan. A comprehensive report and cross. Like all the First World War burials at this cemetery the body was nude. Body reburied:

Grave Reference:


Kortrijk (St. Jon) Communal Cemetery,

West Vlaanderen,


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John & Kezia Routledge, of 9, The Crescent, Town Street, Bramley, Leeds.


1901   7, James Street, Ipswich.

Claude was 5 years old and living with his maternal grandparents & uncles.

Benjamin Baldry Finch, 67, a Wood Sawyer, born Ipswich.

Mary Ann Finch (nee Hearne), 65, born Diss, Norfolk.

Richard Henry Finch, 25, a Compositer – Print, born Ipswich.

Henry Baldry Finch, 24, a Cabinet Maker, born Ipswich.

1911   7, James Street, Ipswich.

Claude was 15 years old, an Errand Boy – Confectioners. He was living with his widowed grandmother & uncle.

Mary Ann, 75.

Henry, 34, a Telegraph Wireman – Great Eastern Railway.

Claude’s father was John Routledge, a Leather Dresser, born 1870, Otley, Yorkshire. His mother was Kerzia Routledge (nee Finch), born 1872, Colchester, Essex. Claude’s parents & siblings lived in Bramley, Leeds, Yorkshire.

Claude’s grandfather, Benjamin Baldry Finch died 1906, Ipswich. His grandmother, Mary Ann Finch died 1921, Ipswich.

Soldiers’ Effects to Mary Ann Finch – grandmother.

Claude is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Nicholas Church, Ipswich.


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