Laid to rest at the Field of Honour

Edward is not commemorated on the memorial at  Christchurch Park.

Born: 1886, St. Peter’s, Ipswich.

Died: 2nd October 1915; age: 29; died of shrapnel wounds to the spine and paraplegia, at Norwich War Hospital, Norfolk. Edward was wounded on the 16th June 1915, at Hill 60.

Residence: 38, Vernon Street, Stoke, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Date of Entry Therein: 23rd August 1914.


Edward served three years with the Colours and nine years with the Reserve.


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 and 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 – daughter of Charles Read, a farm labourer, and Susannah Read (nee Taylor), of Hill House, Kirton.

Elsie and Edward had two daughters:

Marjorie Ellen Read, born April 1912, Ipswich.

Gladys Irene Read, born New Year’s Day, 1915, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Elsie M. Ruffell – widow.


Evening Star – Friday, 8th October 1915 – FUNERAL OF A 2nd SUFFOLKThe funeral took place on Thursday, 7th October 1915, of Private Edward Thomas Ruffell, of the 2nd Suffolk Regiment. He was wounded on the 16th June at Hill 60, and sent to the Military Hospital, at Norwich, where he died on the 2nd October, the remains being brought to his father’s house – 38, Vernon Street, Ipswich. The coffin was of polished elm, with black fittings, and bore the inscription: “Private Edward Ruffell, 6545, A Company, 2nd Suffolk; died October 2nd, 1915, aged 30 years.”

The mourners were: The widow; Mr. and Mrs. Ruffell – father and mother; William James and Frederick Sharman Ruffell – brothers; Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Oxborrow – brother-in-law and sister; Mr. Read – father-in-law; Mr. Rozier – brother-in-law; Miss Minnie Wade – cousin; Mrs. and Miss Brown.

The gun carriage with six black horses was supplied from the R.F.A. Barracks, and the firing party by the 2/8th City of London Rifles. The bearers and following contingent came from the 6/4th Suffolks, the officiating clergyman being the Reverend Kerr, of St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich.

Edward Ruffell was a married man and leaves a widow and two children. He had been three years with the colours and nine with the reserve. In private life, he was a journeyman baker. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. E. S. Singleton, Ltd.

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