Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury newspaper – 1915.


Born: 1879, Ipswich.

Died: 5th October 1915; KiA.

Residence: 56, Rope Walk, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 30th May 1915 – France.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 12347

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


George was killed at the same time as Private Ernest Henry Knott, service number 12105, of the Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion, D Company. Ernest was 20 years old and the son of Herbert Oliver Knott and Emily Knott (nee Hart), of Thetford Road, Ixworth, Suffolk.


Their bodies were discovered side-by-side and identified by Crosses marking their respective graves before reburial side-by-side at Dud Corner Cemetery.


Grave Reference:

VI. J. 18

Dud Corner Cemetery,


Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Florence May Pizey, of 46, Rope Walk, Ipswich.

Maternal uncle of THOMAS CHARLES CARNE.




1881   Peck Square, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.


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

Thomas Pizey, 23, a Labourer, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Pizey (nee Gowing), 29, born Ipswich.

Thomas Pizey, 10, born Ipswich.

Martha Pizey, 7, born Ipswich.

Ada Elizabeth Pizey, 3, born Ipswich.


1891   Siloam Place, Ipswich.


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

Thomas, 39, a Labourer – Manure Works.

Elizabeth, 40.

Thomas, 19, a Quay Labourer.

Ada, 13.

James Pizey, 9, born Ipswich.

William Pizey, 8, born Ipswich.

Louisa Pizey, 5, born Ipswich.

Joseph Pizey, 3, born Ipswich.

Sarah Pizey, 14 months, born Ipswich.


1911   12, Siloam Place, Duke Street, Ipswich.


George was 30 years old, a Quay Labourer. He was married and Head of the Household.

Florence, 29, a Rug Sorter.

Frederick Maplestone, 9.

Florence, 6.

Edith, 4.

George, 2.


In 1905, in Ipswich, George married Florence May Maplestone, born March 1883, Ipswich – daughter of John Clark Maplestone, a quay labourer, and Mary Ann Maplestone (nee Garnham), of 9, Siloam Place, Duke Street, Ipswich.


Florence and George had five children:

Florence May Pizey, born 1905, Ipswich – died 1915, Ipswich.

Edith Maud Pizey, born April 1907, Ipswich.

George Edward Pizey, born 1909, Ipswich – died 1915, Ipswich.

Albert E. Pizey, born 1912, Ipswich – died 1914, Ipswich.

Alice May Pizey, born November 1915, Ipswich.


George also became father to Florence’s son, Frederick William Maplestone, born in February 1902, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Florence M. Pizey – widow.


George’s father, Thomas Pizey died in November 1913, at Siloam Place, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.


George’s stepson, Frederick William Maplestone lost his life during the Second World War. He died as a PoW on the 20th September 1943, aged 40. He was ranked a Lance Corporal, service number 5836533, of the 5th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. He was laid to rest at Chungkai War Cemetery, in Thailand.

George Pizey was a notorious character known to the local police. He was a terror to the neighbourhood who lived in fear of George.


E.A.D.T. – Friday, 24th April 1891 – On Thursday, 23rd April 1891 – A SATURDAY AFTERNOON EXPEDITIONGeorge Pizey, aged 12, Frederick Hart, aged 13, and Henry Goodchild, aged 11, all of Siloam Place, and William Hanks, aged 11, of John Street, were before Admiral Mason, C.B. (in the chair), Mr. William Alexander, Esq., Mr. John May, Esq., Colonel John Henry Josselyn, and H. M. Jackaman, Esq., charged with stealing a quantity of lucern, with the value of 1s., from a field on the Greenwich Farm, on Saturday, 18th April. George Pizey and Frederick Hart pleaded not guilty, and the other lads pleaded guilty. Robert Grimwood, the steward, said that on the day in question, he saw four boys in the field pulling up the lucern (hay for cattle) and breaking down the fence. Joseph George deposed to seeing the defendants in the field. Henry Goodchild stated that only three of them were actually engaged in the theft, the fourth, Frederick Hart, being intellectually occupied in the game of “duckers” in the lane running along the side of the field. There were several previous convictions against George and William, both of them having been flogged with the birch, they were therefore sentenced to ten days’ imprisonment with hard labour. William Hanks having one previous conviction against him, was fined 5s. and 3d. damage, or seven days. This being Henry Goodchild’s first offence he was only fined 2s. and 6d. and 3d. damage, his mother, on whom the penalty falls, being allowed a month for payment. Admiral Mason, in inflicting the sentences of the Bench, commented upon the difficulty they experienced in adequately punishing these lads. As unfortunately, the law did not allow them to flog them.

Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 19th December 1891 – JUVENILE THIEVES – On Monday, 14th December 1891, at Ipswich Police Court, George Pizey, aged 12, of Siloam Place, and George Ambrose, aged 14, of Albion Street, were summoned before the Mayor Daniel Ford Goddard, Esq., in the chair, Mr. John May, Esq., Mr. Robert Maplestone Miller, Esq., and Mr. H. M. Jackaman, Esq., charged with stealing a quantity of oranges, lemons and sweets, valued at 2s., the property of Mrs. Mary Barrell, shopkeeper, of Fore Hamlet. George Ambrose pleaded guilty, and, in defence, George Pizey said that he did not steal the articles, but merely took what was given to him. The Bench sentenced George Ambrose to six stokes of the birch rod, and George Pizey to 14 days’ imprisonment, and afterwards to five years in a reformatory. 

The Ipswich Journal – Friday, 24th June 1898 – FATHER AND SONOn Thursday, 23rd June 1898, George Pizey and his father, Thomas Pizey were summoned before the Mayor Robert Stocker Paul, the Deputy Mayor George Francis Josselyn, Mr. Samuel Richard Anness, and Mr. William Orford White, at the Ipswich Police Court, for disturbing the peace. Police-constable Brock was proceeding up Church Street about a quarter to one on Sunday morning when he heard a woman screaming “Murder” in Duke Street. He went there and saw Thomas and George fighting. On seeing him approach they parted. Thomas Pizey told the Police-constable that his son, George had come home at a late hour, and he had refused to let him into the house. This led to a fight. They were bound over in 40s. to keep the peace for six months costs, 5s and 6d.

Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 6th August 1898 – At the Harwich Petty Sessions on Tuesday, 2nd August 1898, George and his brother Thomas Pizey, two Ipswich labourers, who have frequently appeared before the Borough Bench, were each fined £1 or 14 days’ hard labour for being drunk and disorderly on Bank Holiday, and Louisa and Daisy Garland, of Ipswich, for obstructing the police when executing their duties, were each fined 13s., including costs, or 14 days. Louisa was further fined 5s. and costs 7s., or 14 days for using obscene language. The defendants were removed in custody.

Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 19th November 1898 – CHESTNUTS AND VIOLENCEOn Thursday, 17th November 1898, at the Ipswich Police Court, George Pizey, a labourer, of Siloam Place, and James Marsh, alias William Smith, of 36, Gibson Street, appeared before the Mayor Mr. Edwin Perkins Ridley, Mr. John May, Colonel John Henry Josselyn, Mr. Robert Maplestone Miller, and Mr. William Orford White. They both pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting William Alfred Collins to steal half a peck of growing chestnuts, valued at 6d. George Pizey also pleaded guilty to assaulting William Spurling. It appeared that these lads, with William Collins, who was sent to prison last Monday for similar offences, were in the Roundwood Park (in the occupation of Colonel Lockyear) after chestnuts. William Spurling, the gardener, went to them, and William Collins and George Pizey brutally assaulted him, the latter kicking William Spurling when he was down. Both George Pizey and William Collins had bad records, and for stealing the chestnuts were sentenced to seven days’ hard labour, and for the assault, George Pizey was sentenced to one month’s hard labour.

Evening Star – Monday, 26th November 1906 – A FIGHT: SALVATIONISTS’ INTERVENTIONOn Monday, 26th November 1906, at the Ipswich Police Court, George Pizey and Harry Goodchild, labourer’s of Anchor Yard, Duke Street, were before the Mayor William Orford White, Esq., Mr. William Alexander, Esq., Mr. Roderick Donald Fraser, Esq., Mr. George Francis Josselyn, Esq., and Mr. Alfred Sizer, Esq., charged with disturbing the public peace by fighting in Tacket Street on Saturday, 17th November. They both pleaded guilty “under great provocation.” Arthur Henry Jennings, a Salvation Army officer, gave evidence to seeing the pair on the ground. Harry Goodchild said he had had enough and appeared disinclined to fight and Arthur Jennings got him away. Harry said as George Pizey started a row in the Tankard, he left, but George followed him out, and attacked him in the street. He induced a Salvation Army officer to accompany him home, but as he passed up the yard, George Pizey rushed out and knocked him over and kicked him. George Clarke, a Salvationist, spoke to George Pizey being the aggressor in the second scuffle. The case against Harry Goodchild was dismissed. George Pizey was bound over in 40s. and a surety of £5 to keep the peace for 12 months, and ordered to pay 7s. costs.

Evening Star – Monday, 18th May 1908 – LABOURER GETS FIVE MONTHSOn Monday, 18th May 1908, George Pizey, a quay labourer, of Duke Street, Ipswich, was summoned before the Mayor Harry William Raffe, Esq., the Deputy Mayor William Orford White, Esq., Mr. H. M. Jackaman, Esq., Mr. J. H. Grimwade, Esq., Mr. R. D. Fraser, Esq., Mr. G. F. Josselyn, Esq., and Mr. C. E. Tempest, Esq., charged with being drunk and disorderly in Duke Street on Sunday night. George appeared without a coat and waistcoat and said he knew nothing about it; he had had too much to beer after being a teetotaler for three months. Police-constable Gaskin said the defendant took off his coat and wanted to fight him. They closed and fell, and Police-constable Farthing eventually arrived and rendered assistance. Civilians around were also called upon to assist, but they declined, as they were afraid of George Pizey, who was a terror to the neighbourhood. A witness named Brundall said George Pizey acted like a wild man and would have killed the constable if Police-constable Farthing had not been a strong man. George Pizey was then charged with assaulting Police-constables Gaskin and Farthing. He struck both in the mouth and kicked them, and Gaskin said others in the crowd kicked him about the back when he had the defendant on the ground. George said he was sorry it occurred; he must have overstepped the mark. For being drunk and disorderly, George Pizey was sent to gaol for a month, and for the charges of assault two months in each case – five months in all.

Evening Star – Monday, 29th November 1909 – “DRUNK AND SORRY”On Monday, 29th November 1909, at the Ipswich Police Court, George Pizey, a quay labourer, of Siloam Place, appeared before the Mayor Mr. Alexander Gibb, Mr. John Henry Grimwade, Mr. George Thomas Moss, and Mr. Lewis Moir, charged with drunkenness. Police-constable Frederick Finch stated that shortly before 11 p.m. on Saturday night he saw George Pizey leaning against a window-cill in Fore Street. He was obviously drunk, and Police-constable Frederick Finch advised him to be off home. He went a few yards down the street but then said he was too drunk and could not find his way home. He accordingly locked him up. When asked if he had anything to say, George Pizey replied, “I was drunk and am sorry.” A fine of 10s. and 6s. costs were imposed.

Evening Star – Thursday, 2nd July 1914 – QUAY LABOURER AND HIS WIFEOn Thursday, 2nd July 1914, at Ipswich Police Court, George Pizey, a quay labourer, of Albion Street, was brought up before Messrs. Samuel Richard Anness (in the chair), Alfred Sizer, and Harry William Raffe, for being drunk and disorderly, and was further summoned by his wife for assault.

The charge of being drunk and disorderly was proved by Police-constable Southgate and Sergeant Warner. George Pizey addressed the Magistrates brusquely and continually interrupted the hearing of the evidence, was sent to prison for one month with hard labour.

Florence May Pizey, stating the case of assault, said she had been married to George Pizey for ten years and had three children. She now asked for a separation order. George came home on the 13th June and knocked her down, and she was afraid to live with him. Police-constable Spendley said he saw Florence Pizey on the night of the assault when she showed signs of having been badly knocked about. A separation order was granted, the defendant being ordered to pay 10s. a week towards the maintenance of his wife and children, and to go to prison for another month in respect of this charge, the Chairman remarking that they considered it a case of brutal assault.



Mrs. E. Pizey, of No. 8, Hill Cottages, Duke Street, Ipswich, has every reason to feel proud of her contribution to her country’s service, she has five sons serving in His Majesty’s forces. The names of the sons and their regiments are Pte. G. Pizey, 7th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, now at the Front; Driver J. Pizey, A.S.C., at the Front; Driver W. Pizey, A.S.C., at the Front; Pte. Joseph Pizey, 1st Suffolk Regiment, now a prisoner of war in Germany; Pte. Albert Edward Pizey, of the Welsh Regiment. In addition, Mrs. Pizey has five sons-in-law serving in the army, as well as a grandson, who is out in France wounded. Pte. G. Pizey, the eldest of the five sons, saw active service in the South African Campaign, being then in the 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment.

Note: the newspaper states George served with the Manchester Regiment in the Boer War. According to records only a T. Pizey served in the 2nd Battalion which suggests it was actually Thomas, Jnr.

A family note:

On the 1891 census, Sarah Pizey was my grandmother. She married William Alderton in 1910. It is the same William mentioned in this newspaper report. William was born out of wedlock and his surname was Alderton as his parents, Moses and Alice Hanks, got married when William was a year old. Sarah spent over a year in hospital in 1901 as she was badly burnt on the stomach. William and Sarah went on to have twelve children between 1910 and 1934. Sarah did not have any contact with her parents when she married and the address given for her on the marriage certificate is the same as the groom William. Not a lot in known about the Pizey family as any of the twelve children never met them.

Bonita Clarke.


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