Born: 1890, St. Mary at the Quay, Ipswich.

Died: Tuesday, 13th April 1915; age 24; died from shrapnel wounds in the head, at Netley Military Hospital, Hampshire.

Residence: 7, St. Clement’s, Church Lane, Ipswich

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 16th January 1915 – France.


Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 7427

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914-1915 Star.


Grave Reference;


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Eldest son of Mary Eliza Dawson (nee Chamberlain (1st marriage Smith)), of 7, St. Clement’s, Church Lane, Ipswich.




1891   21, Lower Orwell, Ipswich.


George was 6 months old and living with his mother at the home of his maternal grandmother, aunt & uncles.

Esther Chamberlain (nee Cattermole), 48, a Machinist- Tailoress, born Ipswich.

Agnes Chamberlain, 25, a Machinist – Tailoress, born Ipswich.

Walter James Chamberlain, 16, an Errand Boy, born Ipswich.

Arthur John Chamberlain, 13, an Errand boy, born Ipswich.

Edgar Baker Chamberlain, 6, born Ipswich.

Mary Eliza Chamberlain, 24, a Machinist – Tailoress, born Ipswich.

1 boarder.


1901   5, Church Lane, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.


George was 10 years old and living with his widowed mother, brother & stepsiblings.

Mary Smith, 30, a Laundress – at home.

Walter Henry Chamberlain, 6, born Ipswich.

Thomas Charles Smith, 4, born Ipswich.

Florence Smith, 2, born Ipswich.

3 boarders

1 visitor.


1911 Egypt

George was 20 years old, a Soldier ranked Private in the 1st Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mary Eliza Dawson – mother.


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


In 1896, Ipswich, Mary Eliza Chamberlain married Walter Henry Smith, born in 1871, Ipswich. Walter died in May 1900, St. Clement’s, Ipswich. In 1911, Ipswich, widow Mary Eliza Smith married widower William Cobbold Dawson. William and his late wife Eliza also lost a son in the First World War. John Herbert Dawson was killed in action 2nd November 1916, aged 35. John was ranked a Private, service number 201211 for the 4th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. John was married with three children.


East Anglian Daily Times – Monday, 19th April 1915 – MILITARY FUNERAL AT IPSWICHThe funeral took place in the afternoon of Friday, 16th April 1915, at Ipswich Cemetery of Sergeant George Anthony Chamberlain of the 1st Suffolks, who died in Netley Hospital on the 14th April from shrapnel wounds in the head at the age of 24. George’s parents reside in St. Clement’s Church Lane, and the funeral, which was of a military character, started from there. The coffin, which was covered with the Union Jack, was conveyed on a gun carriage drawn by six horses, and there was the usual firing party, and 100 officers and men, all being supplied by the 4th Battery (Reserve) R.F.A., from the Barracks. The Reverend T. F. Page, curate of St. Clement’s Church, officiated. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. C. Hastings and Son.


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