Francis is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.


Born: 1886, Ipswich.

Died: 13th August 1915; age: 29; Drowned Dardanelles, Aegean Sea, aboard ‘Royal Edward’ following torpedo attack by enemy submarine.


Rank: Pantryman 2nd Class.

Regiment: Mercantile Marine, Canadian Merchant Navy.


Memorial Reference:

Tower Hill Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Francis Sewell & Edith Stebbing.




1891   89, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.


Francis was 4 years old and living with his widowed mother.

Edith Ann Stebbing (nee Phillips), 28, a Needlewoman, born Shotley, Suffolk.

1 boarder.


In 1899, Ipswich, Francis’s mother, Edith married widower, George Ditcham.


1901   31, Hayhill Road, Ipswich.


Francis was 14 years old, a Telegraph Messenger – Post Office. He was living with his mother, her husband and his children.

George Henry Ditcham, 34, a Clerk, born Ipswich.

Edith Ditcham, 36.

Stanley George Ditcham, 13, a Paper Boy, born Ipswich.

Aubrey Oswald Ditcham, 11, born Ipswich.

May Nellie Ditcham, 9, born Ipswich.

Frank Harold Ditcham, 4, born Ipswich.


Father: Francis Sewell Stebbing, born 1860, Ipswich – died 1886, Ipswich. A Solicitor’s Clerk.


George Henry Ditcham died 1901, Lambeth, Surrey. Francis’s mother, Edith Ditcham died 1913, Ipswich.


On the 21st March 1907, Francis became an Assistant Postman, at Ipswich.

Royal Edward

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