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; East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital. Never recovered from right leg amputation.

On the 10th February 1916, Thomas was admitted to the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital, his health was irretrievably shattered.

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 ear 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.


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 & 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 & Tilt Manufacturer.


Soldiers’ Effects to Jemima Adams – mother.

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Suffolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


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