Photograph courtesy of Mrs D. Welton.


Born: 1899, Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk.

Died on or since: 26th September 1917; age 18; KiA.

Residence: 4, Salisbury Road, Ipswich.

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

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: 471238

Regiment: London Regiment (The Rangers), 2nd/12th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 151 to 152 & 163A.

Tyne Cot Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George Robert & Mary Ann Fulcher, of 4, Salisbury Road, Ipswich.



1901   188, Church Road, Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk.

George was 2 years old and living with his mother, brothers & cousin.

Mary Ann Fulcher (nee Woods), 29, born Gorleston-on Sea, Norfolk.

Albert Victor Fulcher, 4, born Gorleston-on-Sea.

Percy Fulcher, 6 weeks, born Gorleston-on-Sea.

Edna Woods, 14, Mother’s Help.


In 1901, George’s father, George Robert Fulcher, 28, a Master Seaman – own account, was out at sea on the sailing barge ‘Una’. Due to arrive at Great Yarmouth on the 23rd March 1901.



1911   4, Salisbury Road, Ipswich.

George was 12 years old and living with his mother & siblings.

Mary Ann, 39.

Albert, 14.

Percy, 10.

Herbert Charles Fulcher, 3, born Ipswich.

Una May Fulcher, 1, born Ipswich.


George is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.

The Battle of Polygon Wood

The Battle of Polygon Wood took place during the second phase of the Third Battle of Ypres in World War I and was fought near Ypres in Belgium 26 September – 3 October 1917, in the area from the Menin Road to Polygon Wood and thence north, to the area beyond St Julien. Much of the woodland had been destroyed by the huge quantity of shellfire from both sides since 16 July and the area had changed hands several times

The British had 15,375 casualties; 1,215 being killed. German official historians recorded 13,500 casualties from 21–30 September

The 4th Australian Division suffered 1,717 casualties and the 5th Australian Division had 5,471 dead and wounded from 26–28 September.





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