Born: 1888, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Died: 13th July 1917; age 28; died of Tubercle of the Lungs, at the Isolation Hospital, Foxhall Road, Ipswich. Served 8 years & 82 days.

Residence: 41, Turin Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Butcher.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 18th November 1907; Age: 19 years; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: father – James Read, of 26, Cavendish Street, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 63/8 ins, fresh complexion, blue eyes & brown hair. Tattooed both arms.


Home: 18th November 1907 – 28th September 1909

India: 29th September 1909 – 14th October 1914

B.E.F.: 15th October 1914 – 10th August 1915

Home: 11th August 1915 – 7th February 1916.

Passed Shoeing Smith – 1st July 1910.

Promoted to Corporal – 11th November 1913.

Tubercle of the Lungs – Originated June 1915 at Champagne. Prior to June, always enjoyed good heath. The disease is permanent and will potentially get worse.

Discharged: 7th February 1916 – Curragh Camp, Ireland; age: 27 years & 3 months. Intended place of residence; 41, Turin Street, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 8 ins. Served 8 years & 82 days during which no entry on his conduct sheet. Character – Very Good.

Rank: Shoeing Smith/Corporal; Service Number: 1620

Regiment: 8th(King’s Royal Irish) Hussars, ‘B’ Squadron.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star and Silver War Badge.

Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of James Read, of Ipswich.


1891   21, Hill Street, Ipswich.

George was 3 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

James Read, 35, a Steam Ship Stoker, born Ipswich.

Mary Ann Read (nee Green), 34, born Ipswich.

Mary Ann Read, 16, a Stay Maker, born Ipswich.

Caroline Jane Read, 14, born Ipswich.

Jane Ann Read, 11, born Ipswich.

Ellen May Read, 6, born Ipswich.

Gertrude Mabel read, 5, born Ipswich.

1901   21, Hill Street, Ipswich.

George was 13 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his widowed father & sisters.

James, 45, a Seaman.

Ellen, 18, a Sewing Machinist – Clothing Factory.

Gertie, 16, a Card Box Maker.

1911   India.

George was 23 years old, a Shoeing Smith, for the viii (King’s Royal Rifles) Hussars.

George’s mother, Mary Ann Read died 1900, Ipswich.

Soldiers’ Effects to James Read – father.

8th (King’s Royal Irish) Hussars, ‘B’ Squadron

 August 1914 : in Ambala in India, part of the Ambala Cavalry Brigade. Moved with Brigade to France as part of 1st Indian Cavalry Division, landed Marseilles 10 November 1914. 15 September 1915 : transferred with brigade to 2nd Indian Cavalry Division. 26 November 1916 : 2nd Indian Cavalry Division renamed as 5th Cavalry Division.


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