GEORGE RATCLIFFE

 

Born: 1873, Hintlesham, Suffolk.

Died: 22nd January 1921; age: 48; at Ipswich.

Residence: 107, Rectory Road, Stoke, Ipswich.

Enlistment Details: Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk; Date: 5th January 1891; age: 18 years; Occupation: Labourer; Religion: Wesleyan. Signed up for 21 years. Height 5ft & 6 3/4ins, fresh complexion, brown eyes & brown hair.

 

Service:

Home: 5th January 1891 – 9th April 1897

Malta: 10th April 1897 – 11th January 1899

Home: 12th January 1899 – 10th November 1899

South Africa: 11th November 1899 – 28th September 1902

Home: 29th September 1902 – 19th November 1907

Malta: 20th November 1907 – 24th January 1911

Egypt: 25th January 1911 – 19th February 1914

Home: 20th February 1914 – 12th August 1914

France: 13th August 1914 – 8th November 1914

Home: 9th November 1914.

 

Date of Entry Therein: 13th August 1914 – France.

 

Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 2978.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion transferred to 276305, Labour Corps.

 

Medals Awarded: Queen’s South African medal + 3 Clasps, King’s South African medal + 2 Clasps, Cape Colony & Transvaal. Good Conduct Medal with Gratuity – 1st October 1909. 1914 Star + Clasp & Roses.

 

Grave Reference:

Y.31.6.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Ratcliffe, of California Lane, Hintlesham, Suffolk; husband of Florence Ratcliffe, of ‘Highfield’ Henniker Road, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   Hintlesham, Suffolk.

 

George was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Ratcliffe, 34, an Agricultural Labourer, born Raydon, Suffolk.

Emily Ratcliffe (nee Munnings), 34, born Capel St. Mary, Suffolk.

Emma Ratcliffe, 11, born Hadleigh, Suffolk.

William Ratcliffe, 10. born Hadleigh.

 

George’s wife and family in 1901 were living in Raydon.

Florence, 28.

Stanley, 4.

Florence, 3.

Frederick, 1.

 

George’s wife and family in 1911 were living in barracks – Egypt.

Florence, 38.

Stanley, 14.

Florence, 13.

Frederick, 11.

 

On the 27th November 1895, at St. Giles Church, London, George married Florence Tilsbury, born 1872, Raydon, Suffolk. They had 4 children:

Stanley George Ratcliffe, born May 1896, Raydon, Suffolk – baptised 1st December 1896, Hadleigh, Suffolk.

Florence Ida Ratcliffe, born October 1897, Ipswich – baptised 18th September 1898, Chattisham, Suffolk.

Frederick Charles Ratcliffe, born January 1900, Dover, Kent – baptised 4th March 1900, Dover.

Archibald Arthur Robert Ratcliffe, born November 1904, Woolwich – died December 1900, Woolwich.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Florence Ratcliffe – widow.

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