Born: 1915, Ipswich.

Died: 17th July 1940; age: 25; at the Borough General Hospital, Ipswich – after a few months illness.

Residence: 381, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5933517.

Regiment: Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment).


Funeral service held Monday, 22nd July 1940, at St. Thomas’s Church, Ipswich.

Grave Reference:


Ipswich New Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr. & Mrs. George William Palmer, of 7, Cromwell Street, Ipswich; husband of Eva May Florence Palmer, of Ipswich.


Father: George William Palmer, born July 1878. A Saw Mill Advisor.


On the 30th September 1939, at ST. Thomas’s Church, Ipswich, George married Eva May Florence Bedford, born 1917, Samford, Suffolk, of 381, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.

2nd October 1939 Evening Star

Palmer – Bedford

The marriage took place at St. Thomas’ Church, Ipswich, on Saturday, of Mr. George William Palmer, only son of Mr. G.W. Palmer and the late Mrs. Palmer, of 7, Cromwell Street, Ipswich, and Miss Eva May Bedford, twin daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Bedford, of 381, Bramford Lane, Ipswich. The Rev. H. Butler Smith (vicar) officiated.

Given away by her father, the bride wore an ankle-length dress of white satin, with a short train, and veil with head-dress of orange blossom. She carried a shower bouquet of salmon-pink carnations. She was attended by her twin sister, Miss Mabel R. Bedford, and another sister, Miss Gwendoline R. Bedford. The chief bridesmaid was dressed in green crepe de chine and satin, with shoes and head-dress to match. The other attendant wore a turquoise-blue dress, with head-dress and shoes to match. They carried bouquets of lemon and salmon-tinted carnations, and their gold necklaces, ornamented with green stones, were gifts from the bridegroom.

Mr. Kenneth G. Bird (friend of the bridegroom) was best man. A reception was held at 7, Cromwell Street. There will be no honeymoon at present, owing to the bridegroom serving with H.M. Forces. The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a fox fur and a blue handbag.




Evening Star – 24th July 1940



The funeral of Pte. George William Palmer, of 381, Bramford Lane, Ipswich, took place at St. Thomas’s Church on Monday. The service was conducted by the Vicar (the Rev. H. Butler Smith). Pte. Palmer had served with the Green Howards, and died after a few months’ illness in the Borough General Hospital, Ipswich, om Wednesday. He leaves a widow (nee Miss E. Bedford, of 381, Bramford Lane).

The immediate mourners were: the widow, Cpl. Bedford (father-in-law), Mr. Palmer (father), Mr. and Mrs. Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Green, Mr. and Mrs. Foote (sisters and brothers-in-law). Mrs. R. Bedford (mother-in-law), the Misses M. and G. Bedford (sisters-in-law), Mr. K. Bird, mrs. R.J. Bedford (Hintlesham), grandmother.

Among those who sent wreaths were Mr. Palmer’s former fellow workers at Cambridge.

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