Photograph courtesy of Taff Gillingham


Born: 2nd April 1893, Valse Mense, Harley Wood, Todmorden, Yorkshire.

Baptised; 24th July 1893, at All Saints, Harley Wood, Todmorden, Yorkshire.

Died: 11th September 1918; age 25; KiA.

Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion. Following a move by bus to Rancourt, the Battalion spent the night in the open in the transport lines, when overnight of the 10th and the 11th of September, enemy bombs were dropped. The bombs killed Digby, the Quartermaster W. Berwick, wounding the Rev. F.G. Allsop, a Captain, four other ranks and killing forty two mules and horses.

18th February 1917, listed as “Wounded” while attached to the Cambridge Regiment.

Residence: 50, Hogarth Road, South Kensington, Middlesex.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.


Rank: Captain.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War and 1914 Star.


The body was exhumed in August 1919, identified by a cross on the grave and reburied at Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension.


Grave Reference:digby

III. M. 34.

Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension,




Relatives Notified and Address: Son of Mr. D. M. Ffrench, L.R.C.P.I., etc. and Mrs. F. K. Ffrench, of 72, Constable Road, Ipswich.




At the time of the 1901, Digby was living with his mother & siblings at No 2, Ellesmere Terrace, North Circular Road, Dublin, Ireland.


1911   21, Gainsborough Road, Ipswich.


Digby was 18 years old, an Insurance Clerk. He was living with his mother & siblings

Florence Kathleen Ffrench (nee Meredith), 39, a widow; born Edenberry, Kings County, Ireland

Vera Adelaide Ffrench, 16, Debenham, Suffolk.

Vivyen Florence Ffrench, 12, born Debenham.

Nigel Meredyth Ffrench, 9, born Debenham.

1 young boarder.

1 servant.


Digby was educated at Ipswich School.


Digby’s father was Digby Manfred Ffrench, born 1862, Galway, Ireland. He was a Physician, Surgeon & public vaccinator. He died in May 1904, age 44. He spent most of his career as Doctor of Debenham, Suffolk. Where the family home was Cherry Tree Cottage, Debenham.


On the 1st January 1918, at St. Peter’s Church, Eltham Road, Lee, London, 25 year old Digby Manfred Ffrench, of Redcastle, Denham, Buckinghamshire, a Captain of the Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion married 23 year old Margaret Wallace, of 7, Eltham Road, Lee, born 1895, Lewisham – daughter of the late Captain Gordon Wallace, of the Gordon Highlanders.

The couple first made their home at 50, Hogarth Road, South Kensington, Middlesex.


Departing from the Port of London on the 9th August 1914, Digby travelled 1st Class to Buenos Aires, Argentina Republic on the S.S. ‘Moorish Prince’ of the Moorish Line. He was to be a pupil on a ranch. The S.S. ‘Moorish Prince’ could accommodate 12 adults and would take 60 days to reach its destination at Rosanio, Argentina Republic, via Buenos Aires Argentina Republic & Montevideo, Uruguay.


Soldiers’ Effects to Messrs. W.H. Speed & Co.


Probate to Margaret Ffrench – widow.


Margaret received her late husband’s 1914 Star medal at her home, 74, Lauderville Mansions, Maida Vale.


Digby is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich and Ipswich School war memorial


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