Registered at birth – DAVID ARTHUR WALL

Born: 23rd January 1888, at 48, Norwich Road, Ipswich.

Died: 21st July 1918, age: 30; died of Extravasation of Urine and Toxaemia, at Ranelagh Road Military Hospital, Ipswich.

Informant – Kate M. Harper – widow, of 31, Granville Road, Colchester.

Residence: 31, Granville Road, Colchester, Essex.

Occupation: a Canteen Manager at Hyderabad Barracks, Colchester.


Rank: Driver; Service Number: 209983.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 62nd Reserve Battery.


Grave Reference:


Colchester Cemetery,





1891   48, Norwich Road, Ipswich.


David was 4 years old and living with his mother at the home of his maternal grandparents, and aunt.

Arthur Rivers, 61, a Plumber, born Ipswich.

Rachel Rivers (nee Emmerson), 60, a Laundress – own account, born Oldham, Suffolk.

Edith Rivers, 17, a Staymaker, born Ipswich.

Sarah Jane Wall (nee Rivers), 22, a Staymaker, born Ipswich.


1901   8, St. Stephen’s Lane, Ipswich.


David was 12 years old and living with his mother at the home of his maternal aunt, uncle & cousins, his widowed, maternal grandfather was also living with the Cook family.

John Henry Cook, 36, a Bus Driver, born Ipswich.

Emmeline Cook (nee Rivers), 36, born Ipswich.

Harry Felix Cook, 12, born Ipswich.

Arthur Victor Cook, 10, born Ipswich.

Rachel Lena Cook, 9, born Ipswich.

Lilian May Cook, 7, born Ipswich.

Ida Madge Cook, 6, born Ipswich.

Arthur Rivers, 72, a House Painter.

Sarah Jane Wall, 33.


Father: David Wall, born 1865. A Bombardier for ‘M’ Battery, 1st Brigade. Later a postman.


David’s mother, Sarah Jane Wall left her husband, and in 1892, Ipswich, married Robert Harper, born 1855, Barton Bendish, Norfolk. A Master Provision Dealer – own account, of 32, Norwich Road, Ipswich and 13, Orford Street, Ipswich.


David begins to use the surname Harper.


On the 5th December 1914, Colchester Register Office, Essex, 26 year old, David Harper, a Canteen Manager, at Hyderabad Barracks, Colchester, married 23 year old, Kate Miriam Cole, of Thistledene, Alresford, Essex, born January 1891, Colchester. Daughter of William Cole, a Market Gardener.

They had 1 daughter:

Kitty Gwendoline Cole Harper, born November 1913, Colchester.


Soldiers’ Effects to Kate M. Harper – widow.


David is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich.



Royal Field Artillery, 62nd Reserve Battery:

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