Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph


Born: 1878, All Saints, Ipswich.

Died: 25th March 1918; age: 39; KiA.

Residence: Gloucester, Gloucestershire.

Enlistment Location: Caleford, Gloucester, Gloucestershire.

Date of Entry Therein: 1st April 1915 – France.


Rank: Fitter Corporal; Service Number: 149164

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, 1st/1st ‘K’ Heavy Battery.

Formerly 16186, Gloucester Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:IMG_6758

Bay 1.

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,





1881   8, Cumberland Terrace, Bramford Road, Ipswich.


Frederick was 3 years old & living with his parents & siblings.

William Adams, 38, a Policeman, born Baldingham, Suffolk.

Mary Ann Adams (nee Lighten), 37, born Barsham, Suffolk.

Louise Lorna Adams, 10, born Kirton, Suffolk.

William John Adams, 5, born Ipswich.

Charles Henry Adams, 9 months, born Ipswich.


1891   Gladstone Villa, Bramford Road, Ipswich.


Frederick was 13 years old & living with his parents & brother.

William, 48, a Police Constable.

Mary Ann, 47, a Dress Maker – own account.

William, 15, a Gardener’s Domestic Servant.


1901   27, Station Street, West Ham, Essex.


Frederick was 24 years old, a General Labourer. He was a boarder at the home of Edward E. Wheele.


1911   The Rectory, English Bicknor, Monmouthshire, Wales.


Frederick was 33 years, a Gardener – Servant to the Rector Curling Finzel Doddrell. Frederick was married, his wife Ellen Adams, 34, was the Rector’s Cook.


In October 1882, Frederick’s brother, Henry Charles Adams died age 2 years and 4 months at the family home, of Gladstone Villas, Bramford Road, Ipswich.


On the 9th October 1896, Frederick had an accident whilst at work for Messrs. E.R. and F. Tuner’s – St. Peter’s Foundry, Ipswich. The accident occurred just after 11 o’clock in the paint shop at St. Peter’s Ironworks. Frederick of Gladstone Villas, Bramford Road, was cleaning a fly wheel weighing about 8cwt., in order to prepare if for vanishing, when the wheel fell on the lower part of his body. Frederick was at once conveyed home in a cab. In the afternoon he was attended by a doctor, who reported that the injuries were not of a serious character. East Anglian Daily Times – 10th December 1896.


In 1902, West Ham, Essex, Frederick married Ellen Borrett, born December 1875, Peterborough, Northamptonshire.


Soldiers’ Effects to Ellen Adams – widow.


In July 2015, Frederick’s Victory, British War & 1915 Star medals went to auction, at Lockdales Auction – valued at £100 – £150.



The Royal Garrison Artillery The RGA developed from fortress-based artillery fix positions manly coastal fortresses and batteries. 1914 the army only had a small number of heavy artillery. The RGA grew as the warfare became static. Armed with heavy, large caliber guns and howitzers that were positioned some way behind the front line and had immense destructive power.


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