Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.

Registered at birth as Francis Madderson.


Born: 1881, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

Died: 25th January 1921; age: 41; Died of Pneumonia at Cork Military Hospital.

Residence: Leicester, Leicestershire.

Occupation: Police Constable.



Enlistment Details: Date: 17th November 1898; age: 19 years & 10 months. Joined Grenadier Guards – London – 21st November 1898.

Discharged: Termination of 1st Period of Engagement – 16th November 1910.


Enlistment Details: Location: Melton Mowbray; Date: 4th January 1915; Age: 34 years & 76 days; Occupation: Groom; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: wife – Mary Florence Ladbrooke, of 59, Bridge Road, Leicester. Height: 5ft 10 1/4ins, fresh complexion, grey eyes & brown hair.


Embarked Southampton – 30th March 1918.

Disembarked Havre – 31st March 1918.

Joined Base Depot 1st April 1918 – Rouen.

Joined Regiment – Field – 7th April 1918.

Transferred Guards Machine Gun Regiment – 10th May 1918.



Home: 4th January 1915 – 29th March 1918.

B.E.F. France: 30th March 1918 – 20th February 1919.

Home: 21st February 1919 – 21st March 1919. Served 4 years & 76 days.


Rank: Private/Guardsman; Service Number: 5636.

Regiment: Guards Machine Gun Regiment.

The Guards Machine Regiment was initially formed in 1915 when machine-gun companies were beginning to form in the Guards Division. In April 1917, the four companies merged to form the Machine Gun Guards. In 1918, it was renamed again by Royal Warrant to the 6th or Machine Gun Regiment of Foot Guards. In June, the regiment was reorganised into five battalions. The Machine Gun Guards were disbanded in 1920.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Eliza Ladbrook; husband of Mary Florence Ladbrooke, of 35, Oakley Road, Leicester.




1881   Morfey Court, Ipswich.


Francis was a year old and living with his parents.

William Noah Ladbrook, 30, a Railway Porter, born Eaton, Norfolk.

Anna Eliza Ladbrook (nee Madderson), 38, born Little Bealings, Suffolk.


1891   Ipswich.


Francis was 11 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

William Noah Ladbrook, 42, a Railway Labourer – Plate.

Anna Eliza Ladbrook, 38.

William Ladbrook, 11, born Ipswich.

Ernest William Ladbrook, 9, born Harwich, Essex.


1911   59, Bridge Street, Leicester, Leicestershire.


Francis was 31 years old, a Police Constable – Borough Council. He was married and Head of the Household.


William’s father, William Noah Ladbrook, died 1910, Ipswich.


In 1909, Leicester, Leicestershire, Francis married, Mary Florence Freestone, born 1878, Ipswich.

They had 2 sons:

Frank Ladbrooke, born 1910, St. Barnabas, Leicester – died 1911, Leicester, Leicestershire.

Neville Cuthbert Ladbrooke, born November 1912, Leicester, Leicestershire.


Francis’s brother William Ladbrook also lost his life in the First World War. KiA on the 27th March 1918, he was 32 years old, ranked a Lance Corporal, service number 319290, of the 7th battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. William is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France, panel 25.


4th February 1921, Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury newspaper.


On Monday the funeral took place at the Ipswich Cemetery of Constable Francis Ladbrook, of the Royal Irish Constabulary. The deceased, who was 43 years of age, only joined the constabulary in November last, and died from pneumonia in Cork Military Hospital on January 25th, leaving a widow and one son.

Constable Ladbrook had a fine record of military service, as he fought through the South African campaign with the Grenadier Guards, and in the Great War with the Royal Horse Guards.

He was buried with full military honours in the Field of Honour, the coffin being borne from the house, 15, Ernest Street, on a gun carriage with six horses, which, with the bearer party, was furnished by the R.F.A. stationed at Ipswich. There was no firing party.

The mourners were the widow and son, Mrs. Ladbrook (mother), Mr. and Mrs. E. Ladbrook (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. D. Davey (brother-in-law and sister), Mrs. Thompson (sister), Mr. Freestone (brother-in-law), Mrs. Soanes (aunt), Mrs. Calver, and two members of the R.I.C. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Hastings and Son, under the supervision of Mr. P. Hastings.




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