Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph

Born: 21st May 1899, at 19, Ernest Street, Ipswich.

Died: 9th November 1919; age 20; Died of Wounds – Gun shot wound to the thigh & elbow. Served 2 years & 18 days.

Residence: 19, Ernest Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Fitter and Machine driller.

Enlistment Details: Location; Ipswich; Date: 18th June 1917; Age: 18 years & 28 days.


Wounded: 15th June 1918 – Gun Shot Wound to the thigh and elbow and became ex-ophthalmic goitre with pains in chest and eye symptoms. George became nervous and suffered from shortness of breath and palpitation of the heart. He had a considerable enlargement of the thyroid gland and lost a great deal of weight. The gunshot wound of the upper part of George’s left thigh caused paresis and wasting of limb. A 100% degree of disablement.

A very weak George was transferred to the U.K. 22nd June 1918 per Hospital Ship ‘St. David.’ On the 27th September 1918, George was sent to Heaton Park. On the 3rd February 1919 George was admitted to the Military Hospital at Catterick where he spent 153 days.


Discharged: 5th July 1919 from Catterick Hospital – to 19, Ernest Street, Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 59966

Regiment: York & Lancaster Regiment, 16th Battalion.

Formerly – Private, 56716, of the Lancashire Fusiliers.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War and the Silver War Badge – B277225.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs. A. Bays, of 19, Ernest Street, Ipswich.




1901   19, Ernest Street, Ipswich.


George was a year old and living with his parents & paternal grandfather.

George Samuel Bays, 38, a General Labourer, born Church Lane, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

Alice Harriett Bays (nee Cook), 36, born Waterloo Street, Ipswich.

James Cook, 60, a widow, a Carman, born Ewarton, Suffolk.


1911   419, Ernest Street, Ipswich.


George was 11 years old and living with his parents & paternal grandfather.

George, 47, a Labourer – Ransome Sims & Jefferies.

Alice, 46.

James, 71, a Plough Fitter – Ransome Sims & Jefferies.


George signed to receive the King’s certificate – 24th September 1919. He signed and received ‘with thanks’ for his Silver War Badge – 1st January 1919.


George’s parents added a very apt personal inscription to the erected Portland headstone – HE WHO SUFFERED IS AT REST


York & Lancaster Regiment, 16th Battalion:

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