Photograph courtesy of Susan Claydon


Born 1895, Trimley St. Martin, Suffolk.

Died: 30th December 1917; age 22; Drowned at Sea – from H.T. S.S. ‘Aragon’.

Residence: 82, Schreiber Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Age: 15 years & 6 months..

Date of Entry Therein: 16th August 1914.

Service: George had been in France for 2 years and 9 months, when he was wounded.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 8511

Regiment: Norfolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.



Memorial Reference:

Chatby Memorial,








1901   21, Parliament Road, Ipswich.


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

Frederick Minter, 32, a Bricklayer’s Labourer, born Stadbroke, Suffolk.

Ellen Minter (nee Jennings), 31, born Nacton, Suffolk.

Athur Henry Minter, 8, born Trimley St. Martin, Suffolk.

Ellen Sarah Minter, 7, born Trimley St. Martin.

George Frederick Minter, 5, born Trimley St. Martin.

William Thomas Minter, 4, born Ipswich.


1911   82, Schreiber Road, Ipswich.


George was 15 years old, a Caddie – Golf. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Frederick, 42, a Bricklayer’s Labourer.

Ellen, 41, a Charwomen – Domestic.

Ellen, 17, a Servant – Domestic.

William, 14, an Errand Boy.

Walter Frederick Minter, 10, born Ipswich.

Edith May Minter, 6, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Frederick Minter – father.


The Minter family whose home is at 82, Schreiber Road Ipswich, is a burly, fighting family. The father, F. Minter, who is 42 years of age, is serving in France with the Royal Engineers. The names of the sons are:- 1. Arthur Henry Minter, leading seaman, lost on active service in the Mediterranean on March 1st last. Had seen nine years’ service. 2. Prvt. George Frederick Minter, 1st Norfolk Regiment, now in France. 3. William Thomas Minter, 3rd E.A. Howitzer Brigade, R.F.A. (T.T. 4. Walter Frederick Minter, aged 14 in the Scouts.

George Frederick Minter


    (SS)  H.T. ‘ARGON’

On her arrival at Alexandria on December 30th, 1917, the ship was permitted to enter the harbour, but later was ordered out again. She anchored outside without any protection from submarine attack, for which she was an easy target.

This piece of indiscretion on the part of the authorities did not remain long unpunished, for the Aragon was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UC-34.

Norfolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion

George is also remembered on St. John the Baptist church memorial Ipswich.

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