Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph



Born: 22nd March 1883, Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Died: 25th April 1916; age 33; KiA on board H.M.S. ‘Conquest’ in a raid at Lowestoft.

Enlistment Date: 12th November 1915 – Signed up for the Hostilities; Occupation: Baker & Cook. Height: 5ft 3ins, dark complexion, dark brown hair & blue eyes.



Pembroke I – Officer’s Cook 1st Class – 12th November 1915 – 7th December 1915

Champion – Officer’s Cook 1st Class – 8th December 1915 – 23rd December 1915

Pembroke I – Officer’s Cook 1st Class – 24th December 1915 – 6th March 1916

Conquest – Officer’s Cook 1st Class – 7th March 1916 – 25th April 1916.


Character & Ability – Very Good.


Rank: Officer’s Cook 1st Class; Service Number: L/7908; Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Conquest’.


Memorial Reference:

Chatham Naval Memorial 1916,




Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Mrs Gladys Curtis, of 40, Freehold Road, Ipswich.




1891   3, Regent Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk.


Ernest was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Henry Joseph Curtis, 40, a Superintendent of Agents – Prudential Assurance Company, born Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Mary Ann Collette Curtis (nee Southey), 40, born Great Yarmouth.

Alice mary Curtis, 13, born Great Yarmouth.

Ethel Edith Curtis, 11, born Great Yarmouth.

Henry Joseph Laws Curtis, 10, born Great Yarmouth.

Elizabeth Ann Susannah Curtis, 6, born Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Joseph Curtis, 4, born Lowestoft.

Ursula Dorothy Curtis, 3, born Lowestoft.

Nellie Gertrude Curtis, 1, born Lowestoft.

1 servant.


1901   28, Regent Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk.


Ernest was 18 years old, an Apprentice Baker. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Henry, 50, a Superintendent of Agents – Prudential Assurance Company.

Mary, 50.

Elizabeth, 16, a Pupil Teacher.

Joseph, 14.

Ursula, 13.

Nellie, 11.

Benjamin Curtis, 6, born Lowestoft.


1911   56, Wellesley Road, Ipswich.


Ernest was 28 years old, an Insurance Agent. He was married and Head of the Household.

Gladys, 22.

Gladys’s sister Gertrude Barker, 15, born Ipswich.


In 1908, Ipswich, Ernest married Gladys Leonora Barker, born 1888, Ipswich.


H.M.S. ‘Conquest’

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