Born: 1885, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

Died on or since: 20th July 1916; age 31; KiA.

Residence: Little Gipping Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 3rd December 1914 – France.


Rank: Private: Service Number: 13006

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 1C & 2A.

Thiepval Memorial.,






1891   Aldeburgh.


George was 5 years old and living with his widowed mother & sisters at the home of his widowed grandfather.

William Tye, 59, a Farm labourer, born Great Glenham, Suffolk.

Rebecca Vale, 29, a Laundress, born Great Glemham.

Elizabeth Mary Frances Vale, 7, born Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

Alice Emily Vale, 2, born Aldeburgh.


1901   Holywell’s Road, Ipswich.


George was 16 years old, a Farm Labourer. He was living with his mother & brother at the home of her employer.

Charles Balls, 53, a Dock Labourer, born Newbourn, Suffolk.

Rebecca Vale, 38, a widow and housekeeper to Charles Balls.

Arthur Alfred Vale, 10, born Ipswich.


1911   7, Lawrence Court, Curriers Lane, Ipswich.


George was 26 years old, a Dock Labourer. He was married & head of the household.

Selina, 25.

Emily, 2.


In 1909, Ipswich, George married Selina Jane Potkins, born June 1885, Ipswich – daughter of James Potkins, a bricklayer and Harriet Potkins (nee Garnham), of Little Gipping Street, Ipswich.

Selina and George had six children:

Eveline Emily Elsie Vale, born March 1909, Ipswich.

George A. Vale, born 1910, Ipswich – died 1910, Ipswich – died 1910, Ipswich.

Elsie M. Vale, born 1912, Ipswich.

Lily Elizabeth Vale, born September 1913, Ipswich.

Caroline Vale, born Christmas Day, 1914, Ipswich.

Irene Violet Vale, born 25th November 1916, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Selina J. Morphey – widow.


George is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich.

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George is also remembered on the handwritten war memorial at The Mission Free Church, Curriers Lane, Ipswich.



E.A.D.T. – Tuesday, 7th October 1913 – George Alfred Vale, a labourer, of Lawrence Court, Currier’s Lane, answered a summons charging him with using indecent language. William Morphew, an insurance agent, living in Wherstead Road, said on Friday afternoon he was in New Cut West, near the Griffin Wharf, when he heard the defendant use the most filthy language. P.-c. Bloomfield gave evidence of arrest, and George, who said he remembered nothing about it, was fined £1, and 15s. 6d. costs, or one month’s imprisonment.


Day 19 of the Somme Offensive

2nd Battalion The Suffolk’s regimental records show: On the afternoon the Germans counter-attacked, forcing their way with fine courage but at great cost into Delville Wood and the northern end of Longueval, which troops of the third division had just cleared. In consequence, two companies were sent up to Longueval Ridge to support the attack of the 1st Gordon Highlanders on Longueval,  the remainder of the Battalion moving from the wood into Caterpillar Valley itself, where they were persistently shelled.

Early on the 19th Captain and Adjutant Trollope and Lt. Pickard-Cambridge were wounded, 2nd Lt  Russell taking over the duties of adjutant. Throughout time of stress, Captain Marshall R.A.M.C medical officer to the battalion always proved himself equal to the occasion, being subsequently awarded the D.S.O in recognition of his splendid service. On the 20th the battalion assembled for the renewed attack on Longueval and Delville Wood. The casualties were to be high.

Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion

Suffolk Regiment battalion movements

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