Born: 1897, Ipswich.
Died: 20th July 1917; age 20; KiA – Palestine.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 20th August 1915 – Balkans.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 473274; Regiment: Royal Army Medical Field Ambulance (T.F.).
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Gaza War Cemetery,
Israel and Palestine (including Gaza).
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs W.M. Ixer, of 31, Waterloo Road, Ipswich.
1901 61, Berners Street, Ipswich.
Eric was 4 years old and living with his parents. The Ixer family were staying with Eric’s maternal grandmother.
Laura Wiffen Spall, 66, widow, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Walter Mann Ixer, 28, a Carpenter & Joiner, born Somersham, Suffolk.
Rosa Laura Ixer (nee Spall), 34, born Middleton, Suffolk.
1911 24, Brooks Hall Road, Ipswich.
Eric was 14 years old and living with his parents & maternal grandmother.
Walter, 38, a Carpenter & Joiner.
Laura Spall, 77.
UMBRELLA HILL raids, July 1917.
In the period leading up to the eventual fall of Gaza in November 1917, the 5th Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment was assigned to conduct a major raid on Turkish positions in front of Gaza. They held the line opposite the Turkish positions on Umbrella Hill, which would be the target of their attentions.
The raids would be that successful that all the future raids in the theatre were prepared and executed in precisely the same way that the Bedfords conducted them on those two nights. In addition and perhaps more importantly, the 54th Divisional symbol would become an Umbrella blown inside out “because of the success of these two operations and the credit they reflected upon the Division as a whole”.
Three friends from Ipswich serving in the RAMC were all killed whilst rescuing survivors in no-man’s land as the Turkish barrage plastered the assembly area after the raid.
Royal Army Medical Corps casualties:
473300 Sergeant John Frederick BARNARD
473383 Pte Walter Augustus CARTER
473274 Pte Eric IXER.
The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is part of the British Army providing medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. Together with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, the RAMC forms the British Army’s essential Army Medical Services. In combat the men followed the troops over the top into no man’s land suffering losses of 743 officers and 6130 soldiers killed, while delivering medical care to wounded exposed to enemy fire.