Image courtesy of the Ling family.

Born: 22nd December 1878, Gällivare, Norrbotton, Sweden.

Baptism: Gällivare, Norrbotton, Sweden.

Died: 21st September 1918; age 39; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 44848

Regiment: Essex Regiment, 10th Battalion.

Formerly 51831, Suffolk Regiment.


 Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Unicorn Cemetery,







1891   45, Priory Street, Ipswich.


George was 12 years old and living with his widowed mother, brother & step brother.


Rebecca Bergdahl (nee Whybrow), 38, Living on her Own Means, born Ipswich.

Erik William Arvid Bergdahl, 13, born Gällivare, Norrbotton, Sweden.

Ellis George G. Bergdahl, 6, born Ipswich.


1901   19, Castle Street, Ipswich.


George was 23 years old, a Range & Stove Fitter. He was married and Head of the Household.

Phoebe, 32.

mother in law Sarah Coote, 58, a widow, born Rishangles, Suffolk.


1911   14, Curriers Lane, Ipswich.


George was 33 years old, a Range & Stove Fitter – Builder. He was married and Head of the Household.

Sarah, 30.

Sarah’s son Frank Noakes Lawrence, 11, born Ipswich.

Eric, 4.

John, 2.

George’s father was Erik Bernhard Albin Bergdahl, born February 1846, Pajala, Norrbotten, Sweden, died October 1878, Gällivare, Norrbotton, Sweden.


EMIGRATION   14th July 1883. George was 4 years old when he & his widowed mother, brother & 2 sisters left Koivukyla Hietaniemi, Norrbotten, Sweden.


In 1899, Ipswich, George married Phoebe Donnelly, born 1868, Ipswich – died 1902, Ipswich.


In 1905, Ipswich, George married Sarah Mahala Lawrence, born October 1881, Ipswich.

They had 7 sons:

Eric George Bergdahl, November 1906, Ipswich.

John Frederick Bergdahl, 1909, Ipswich.

Walter George Bergdahl, born 1911, Ipswich.

Edward Arvid Bergdahl, born 1914, Ipswich.

Arthur Peace Bergdahl, born May 1916, Ipswich.

Harry Plenty Bergdahl, born 1916, Ipswich.

Leonard Bergdahl, born January 1918, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Sarah M. Bergdahl – widow.

THE ESSEX REGIMENT 10th (Service) Battalion: 

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