Born: 1889, Ipswich.

Died: 26th March 1918; age 29; KiA.

Residence: 158, Handford Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


E.A.D.T – Tuesday, 21st November 1916 – Mr. and Mrs. Edward Tricker, of 158, Handford Road, Ipswich, has been informed that one of their sons – Private Edward Tricker, of the Machine Gun Section, is suffering from shell-shock, and is now in a convalescent home in France.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3698

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 17th Battalion.

Formerly 18914, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


The body was discovered in July 1920 in a grave not marked with a wooden cross. The body was exhumed and identified by the Disc then reburied at Bancourt British Cemetery.


Grave Reference:


Bancourt British Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr E. Tricker, of 158, Handford Road, Ipswich.




1891   Cyprus Cottage, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich.


Edward was 2 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

Edward Tricker, 33, an Iron Fitter, born Ipswich.

Emma Tricker (nee Sheldrake), 31, born Ipswich.

Edith Florence Tricker, 3, born Ipswich.

Elsie Sarah Tricker, 6 months, born Ipswich.


1901   38, Tovells Road, Ipswich.


Edward was 12 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Edward, 43, a Steam Engine Fitter.

Emma, 41.

Edith, 13.

Elsie, 10.

Robert Tricker, 9, born Ipswich.

Frederick John Tricker, 4, born Ipswich.

Mabel Adelaide Tricker, 2, born Ipswich.


1911   12, Great Gipping Street, Ipswich.


Edward was 22 years old, a Butcher. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Edward, 52, an Iron Fitter.

Emma, 51.

Robert, 19, a Clicker – Boot Trade.

Frederick, 14.

Mabel, 11.


Soldiers’ Effects to Edward Tricker – father.


Machine Gun Corps (Infantry),

The Machine Gun Corps was formed in October 1915 as the machine gun proved effective as infantry support in trench warfare. Cavalry and Motor branches, followed in 1916 by the Heavy Branch. A depot and training centre was established at Belton Park in Grantham Lincolnshire and a training base depot at Camiers in France The men were trained to a higher technical standard, capable of stripping down and mending the guns in the field.

The Machine Gun Corps had 62,049 casualties, including 12,498 killed out of 170,500 officers and men earning it the nickname ’the Suicide Club’ mainly as machine guns were static or fixed positions becoming prime targets for the enemy.


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