Photograph courtesy of Taff Gillingham


Born: 2nd April 1893, Valse Manse, Harley Wood, Tordmorden, Yorkshire.

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

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

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

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.

Rank: Captain;

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion. Royal Flying Corps.

Medals Awarded: 1914 Star.


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 Rd., Ipswich.




At the time of the 1901, Digby was living with his mother & siblings at No2, 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 attended Ipswich School.


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


In January 1918, at Lee St. Peter, Lewisham, Digby Manfred Ffrench of Redcastle, Denham, Bucks, married Margaret Wallace, 1895, Lewisham. The couple lived at 50, Hogarth Road, South Kensington, Middlesex.


Leaving 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.

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


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


Royal Flying Corps:



Suffolk reg

 Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion:

Suffolk Regiment battalion movements

Suffolk regiment website

Friends of The Suffolk Regiment



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