Images courtesy of David Gobbitt Flickr 

Born: 1894, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Death on or assumed since 23rd March 1918; age 23; KiA. Served 3 years & 126 days.

Residence: 59, Hervey Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Gas Fitter with the Ipswich Gas Light Company.

Enlistment Details: Woodbridge, Suffolk, date: 18th November 1914; age: 20 years & 1 month; religion: CofE. Signed up for the Duration of the War. Height: 5ft & 6 ins.

Date of Entry Therein: 7th October 1915 – Balkans.



Home: 18th November 1914 – 22nd September 1915

Mediterranean Expeditionary Force: 23rd September 1915 – 8th November 1915

Home: 9th November 1915 – 26th August 1916 – embarked from Folkestone.

France: disembarked from Boulogne – 27th August 1916 – 9th July 1917

British Expeditionary Force: 10th July 1917 – 23rd March 1918.

Admitted to the 3rd East Anglian Field Ambulance – Enteritis at Anzac – 22nd October 1915.

Transferred from the 16th Casualty Clearing Station from Anzac to Murdos – 23rd October 1915

Invalided To England from Murdos on H.S. ‘ Formosa’ – 23rd October 1915.

Transferred to the 4th Reserve Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment.

Posted to the 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment – 7th September 1916.

Wounded in the Field: Gun Shot Wound to the neck – 28th September 1916.

Admitted to the 3rd Canadian General Hospital – 30th September 1916.

Admitted to the 7th Canadian Camp – 16th October 1916.

Discharged to the 3rd Large Rest Camp – 18th October 1916.

24th General Hospital – Etaples – Dysentery – transferred to England via hospital ship – 23rd November 1916.

Shoreham by Sea – 15th March 1917 – 21st March 1917 – Dysentery.



Halton Camp – 12th August 1916 – Absent from 6 a.m. Roll Call – 2 days confined to camp.


Rank: Private; Service Number: G/18051

Regiment: Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 10th Battalion.

Formerly 1743, Suffolk Yeomanry.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Bay 7,

Arras Memorial,




Relatives Notified and Address: Son of Charles and Elizabeth Palmer, of 59, Hervey Street, Ipswich.



1901   16, Alexandra Road, Ipswich.

Frank was 6 years old and living with his parents.

Charles Palmer, 30, an Iron Driller; born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Louisa Palmer (nee Bugg) , 32; born Colchester, Essex.

1911   24, Alexandra Road, Ipswich.

Frank was 16 years old and a Gas Fitter & Plumber. He was living with his parents & sister.

Charles, 40, a Machinist Iron Driller – Agricultural Implement Works.

Elizabeth, 42.

Edith Florrie Palmer, 7, born St. Helen’s, Ipswich.


Mr. Charles Palmer received his son’s 1915 Star on the 9th February 1921, and his British War and Victory Medal on the 28th September 1921.


Soldiers’ Effects to Charles Palmer – father.


Frank is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich, and at St. Michael’s Church, Ipswich


Ipswich Gas Light Company.

Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 10th Battalion

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