Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.

Image from 1916 Chronicle newspaper.

Known on the war records as THOMAS.

Born: 1875, Halesworth, Suffolk.

Died: 13th May 1916; age: 41; died at the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital. Thomas’s health was irretrievably shattered and he never recovered from a right leg amputation.

Residence: 9, Rope Walk, Ipswich.

Occupation: Bricklayer.


First Enlistment: Location: Witham; Date: 16th September 1891; Age: 18 years & 10 months; Occupation: Bricklayer; Next of Kin: mother – Jemima Adams, of 15, Wells Street, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Home: 15th September 1891 – 3rd February 1893.

India: 4th February 1893 – 1st February 1899.

Home: 2nd February 1899 – 3rd January 1900.

South Africa: 4th January 1900 – 6th September 1902.

Home: 7th September 1902 – 16th April 1903.


Discharged 14th September 1903.


Re-enlistment: Location: Ipswich; Date: 25th August 1914 for 1 year. Age: 38 years & 10 months; Occupation: Labourer/Bricklayer; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: Jemima Adams, of St. Margaret’s, Ipswich – mother. Height: 5ft 5 1/2ins, blue eyes & brown hair. Tattoo on chest & arm.

Joined – Bury St. Edmunds – 26th August 1914.



Home: 25th August 1914 – 6th October 1914.

France: 7th October 1914 – 22nd January 1915.

Home: 23rd January 1915 – 31st July 1915.


Arrived at Le Mans – 25th October 1914 – to base at Rouen.

11th November 1914 – admitted 7th Field Ambulance.

14th December 1914. Admitted 8th Casualty Clearing Station – Bailleul.

15th December 1914. At the 18th General Hospital a Wire states not doing well – Boulogne. Leg amputated.

Hospital Ship ‘St. Patrick’ to England – 22nd January 1915.

Sent to Norwich Hospital in February 1915 and stayed there till May.


Discharged: Date: 31st July 1915; Place: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk; Age: 39 years & 9 months; Address: 9, Rope Walk, Ipswich; Pension – 25s per week – Gun Shot Wound – thigh – right leg amputated. Wound practically healed – general health poor. Total incapacity to earn a living. Served 341 days. Character – Very Good.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/9379.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion – Depot – Special Reserves.


Medals Awarded: Johannesburg & Cape Colony 1900, South Africa medal & clasp and Paardeberg + 5 bars.


The funeral service was held on Thursday, 18th May 1916, and conducted by the Reverend T. A. Pytches, Curate of St. Helen’s Church, Ipswich.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,





1881   13, Little Whip Street, Ipswich.


Edmund was 6 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Jemima Adams (nee Goddard), 43, a Sack and Tilt Maker, born Paddington, Middlesex.

Robert Adams, 14, a Trimmer – Iron Works, born Halesworth.

Alice Adams, 9, born Halesworth.

Rose Adams, 3, born Halesworth.

Sarah Maud Adams, 10 months, born Halesworth.


1891   15, Wells Street, Ipswich.


Edmund was 16 years old, he helped at home. He lived with his widowed mother & siblings.

Jemima, 53, a Stay Maker.

Alice, 21, a Stay Maker.

Rose, 13.

Maud, 10.


1911   Rope Walk Court, Rope Walk, Ipswich.


Edmund was 34 years old, a Jobbing Bricklayer.

1 boarder.


Joseph’s father was Robert Adams, born 1832, Halesworth, Suffolk – died October 1879, Halesworth, Suffolk—a Sack and Tilt Manufacturer.


Soldiers’ Effects to Jemima Adams – mother.


East Anglian Daily Times – Friday, 19th May 1916 – MILITARY FUNERAL AT IPSWICHOn Thursday afternoon the funeral took place at the Ipswich Cemetery of Private Thomas Adams, late of the 3rd Suffolks. Thomas was for twelve years in the Norfolk Regiment, with whom he saw service in South Africa, for which campaign he was awarded two medals and five bars. On the outbreak of war, he joined the 3rd Suffolks at Felixstowe. He went out to France in November 1914 and was wounded in December. at Ypres. After being in hospital at Boulogne, where he had his right leg amputated, he was sent to Norwich Hospital in February 1915 and remained there until May. On the 31st July 1915 Thomas was discharged from the Army with a pension of 25s. per week. His health was irretrievably shattered, and he was admitted to the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital on the 10th February, in which institution he died on the 13th May.

The remains which were interred in the Field of Honour were accorded full military honours, being borne to the grave on a gun carriage drawn by six horses, the bearer party, the firing party, the trumpeters, and the detachment being supplied by the 2/6th London Regiment. The Reverend T. A. Pytches, Curate of St. Helen’s Church, Ipswich, was the officiating clergyman. The coffin, which was of polished elm, bore on the breastplate the inscription: Private Thomas Adams, died May 13th, 1916, aged 41 years.” The chief mourners were Mrs. Jemima Adams – mother, Mr. Robert Adams – brother, Mrs. Alice Rampling, Mrs. Kate Grimwade, Mrs. Rose Studd, and Mrs. Sarah Maud Sadd – sisters, and Mr. Frank Sheldrake Sadd and Mr. Thomas Girling Grimwade – brothers-in-law. Wreaths were sent by the mother, brother and sisters. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Edward S. Singleton, Ltd., Woodbridge Road.


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