Image from 1915 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1896, Ipswich.

Died: 13th August 1915; age 19; Died at Sea. Drowned Dardanelles, Aegean Sea, aboard ‘Royal Edward’, following torpedo attack by enemy submarine.

Residence: 8, Grimwade Street, Ipswich.

Employed: at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2342

Regiment: Royal Medical Corps. (Territorial Force) 3rd/1st East Lancs. Field Ambulance.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 199 & 200 or 236 to 239 & 328.

Helles Memorial,

Turkey (including Gallipoli).


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs J.T.Sharman, of 8, Grimwade Street, Ipswich.




1901   5, Brunswick Road, Ipswich.


Fred was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John Thomas Sharman, 40, a Grinder – Iron Foundry, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Mary Sharman (nee Simpson), 33, born Ipswich.

Thomas Sharman, 15, a Puncher – Iron Foundry, born Ipswich.

Lucy Sharman, 14, a Nursemaid – Domestic, born Ipswich.

George Sharman, 12, born Ipswich.

Emily Sharman, 9, born Ipswich.

Robert Sharman, 8, born Ipswich.

Florence Sharman, 10 months, born Ipswich.


1911   5, Brunswick Road, Ipswich.


Fred was 15 years old, an Iron Moulder.. He was living with his parents & siblings.

John, 50, a Machine Grinder – Plough Works.

Elizabeth, 48.

Thomas, 25, a House Painter.

Lucy, 24, a Charwoman.

George, 22, a Plough Fitter.

Robert, 17, a Case Maker.

Florence, 10.

Harry Sharman, 6, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to John F. Sharman – father.


Frederick is also remembered on the war memorial at  St. Pancras Catholic Church , Ipswich, and the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.

The sinking of the Hospital ship the Royal Edward and the loss of 11 Ipswich men from the Royal Army Medical Corps. T. F. 54th (1st/ 1st East Anglian)
The ship departed Alexandria for the harbour of Moudros on the island of Lemnos the staging point for the Dardanelles and the Gallipoli Campaign.
The ship was attacked by a German submarine UB-14 which fired 2 torpedoes, hitting the ship in the stern sinking within 6minutes. With the loss of over 800+ men over 400 men were saved. 11 Ipswich men lost.

The Gallipoli Campaign (Dardanelles Campaign) 17th February 1915 – 9th January 1916
The aims of the Campaign were the capturing the Ottoman Empire capital Constantinople and the opening up of a new front taking German and Turkish forces away from Europe and North Africa providing a better sea route rout to Russia and the Black sea. The campaign was a Anglo-French task force but is more better known for the contribution and fierce fighting from the Commonwealth forces from Australian and New Zealand force the “ANZAC” (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). The Campaign was to fail due to poor mapping and planning. The forces landing on beaches with steep cliffs and soon became bogged down with trench warfare, disease and supply routes hampered by the enemy. Evacuating in January 1916
It is estimated that over 50,000 British and commonwealth dead and over 100,000 wounded sustained from the campaign.

 Royal Medical Corps

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