Laid to rest at the Field of Honour

Not on Christchurch park Memorial

Born: 1886, St. Peter’s, Ipswich.

Died: 2nd October 1915; age: 29; Died of Wounds shrapnel wound of spine and paraplegia at Norwich War Hospital, Norfolk.

Residence: 38, Vernon Street, Stoke, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Date of Entry Therein: 23rd August 1914.


Rank: Private: Service Number: 6545.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion – Depot.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of James & Ellen Ruffell; husband of Elsie May Ruffell, of Ideal Dwellings, Bramford, Suffolk.




1891   20, Great Whip Street, Ipswich.


Edward was 4 years old and living with his parents, siblings & cousin.

James Ruffell, 34, a Labourer – Foundry, born Coggeshall, Essex.

Ellen Ruffell (nee Smith), 32, born Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk.

Annie Elizabeth Ruffell, 7, born St. Peter’s, Ipswich.

William James Ruffell, 2, born St. Peter’s, Ipswich.

Minnie Wade, 18, a Tailoress, born Great Coggeshall, Essex.


1901   20, Great Whip Street, Ipswich.


Edward was 14 years old, a Messenger Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.

James, 44, an Iron Foundry Labourer.

Ellen, 42.

Annie, 17, a Dress Maker.

William, 12.

Frederick Sharman Ruffell, 4, born St. Peter’s, Ipswich.


1911   38, Vernon Street, Stoke, Ipswich.

Edward was 24 years old, a Baker & Confectioner. He was living with his parents, siblings & niece & nephew.

James, 54, a Foundry Man.

Ellen, 52.

Frederick, 14, an Apprentice Upholsterer.

Annie Oxborrow, 27.

Reginald Frank Oxborrow, 2, born Great Holland, Essex.

Elsie Mary Oxborrow, 1, born Lower Kirby, Essex.


In 1912, Ipswich, Edward married Elsie May Read, born July 1891, Kirton, Suffolk. They had 1 daughter:

Marjorie E. Read, born 1912, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Elsie M. Ruffell – widow.

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