Photographs courtesy of John Clarke.

Born: 1888, Ipswich.

Died: 21st October 1918; age: 30; Died as a Prisoner of War – Hautmont Field Hospital.

Residence: Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 43746

Regiment: Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire) Regiment, 5th Battalion.

Formerly D/11052, Hertfordshire Yeomanry.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Hautmont Communal Cemetery,





1891   School Street, Shire Hall Yard, Ipswich.


Ernest was 2 years old and living with his parents & brother.

Frederick Southgate, 32, a Dock Labourer.

Martha Southgate (nee Ridgeon), 29, born Hawstead, Suffolk.

James Frederick Southgate, 4, born Hawstead.


1901   15, Cox Lane, Ipswich.


Ernest was 12 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Martha, 39.

James, 14, a Porter – Wine Merchant.

Annie Elizabeth Southgate, 6, born Ipswich – died 1909, Ipswich.

1 boarder.


1911   2, Cardinal Street, Ipswich.


Ernest was 22 years old, a Mineral Water Carman. He was married and Head of the Household.

Ruth, 20, a Machinist – Corset Factory.


Ernest’s father, Frederick Southgate died 1900, Ipswich. His mother, Martha Southgate died 1912, Ipswich.


In 1910, Ipswich, Ernest married, Ruth Helen Frost, born 1891, Ipswich.

They had 1 daughter:

Ruth Maud Southgate, born January 1915, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Ruth H. Southgate – widow.


Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire) Regiment, 5th Battalion


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