Born: 1885, St. Peter’s, Ipswich.

Died: 2nd October 1915; age 30; died of a shrapnel wound to the spine, received at Hill 60 on the 16th June 1915, and paraplegia, at Norwich Military Hospital, Thorpe, Norfolk.

Residence: 38, Vernon Street, Stoke, Ipswich.

Occupation: Journeyman Baker and Confectioner.

Enlistment Location: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 6545

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War and the 1914 Star + Clasp.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



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




1891   20, Great Whip Street, Ipswich.


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

James Ruffle, 34, a Labourer – Foundry, born Great Coggleshall, Essex.

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

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

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

Minnie Kate Wade, 18, born Great Coggleshall, Essex.


1901   20, Great Whip Street, Ipswich.


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

James, 44, an Iron Foundry Labourer.

Ellen, 42.

Annie, 17, a Dressmaker.

William, 12.

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


1911   38, Vernon Street, Ipswich.


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

James, 54, an Iron Foundry Labourer.

Ellen, 52.

Frederick, 14, an Apprentice – Upholstering.

Annie Oxborrow, 27.

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

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


In 1912, at 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 Ruffle, born April 1912, Ipswich.

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


Soldiers’ Effects to Elsie Ruffle – widow.


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Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

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