image from 1918 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 4th August 1899, Ipswich.

Died: 2nd August 1918; age 18; KiA while returning from a successful raid on the enemy trenches – 2 days before his 19th birthday. Served 333 days.

Residence: 21, White Elm Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: General Labourer at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; date 4th September 1917; age: 18 years & 1 month; religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 4 1/4.

Joined the A.S.C. at the age of 15 1/2, being afterwards transferred to the R.W. Surrey’s; after crossing to France he was transferred to the Buffs.


Conduct: Character; very good. Offence on the 4th January 1918 – AWL from 12 until 8.45 am – forfeited 1 day’s pay. Offence on the 8th July 1918 – Losing by neglect part of fighting equipment – one pair of wire breakers – docked pay to cover the cost of the lost article.

Service: Home 4th September 1917 – 31st May 1918 – joined British Expeditionary Force 1st June 1918 – arrived at depot 3rd June 1918 – transferred to East Kent Regiment – 5th June 1918 – posted to 1st Battalion. 2nd August 1918 killed in the field – 333 days. 


Rank: Private; Service Number: G/14287

Regiment: Buffs (East Kent) Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:

II. D. 2.

Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery,





Relatives Notified & Address: Eldest son of George & Edith Youngman, of 21, White Elm Street, Ipswich.




1901   21, White Elm Street, Ipswich.


George was a year old and living with his parents.

George Thomas Youngman, 36, a Shears Maker’s Labourer, born Helmingham, Suffolk.

Edith Maude Youngman (nee Thurston) 25, born Ipswich.

Lilian, 6, born Ipswich.

Dorothea, 3 months, born Ipswich.


1911   21, White Elm Street, Ipswich.


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

George, 45, a Labourer at a Foundry.

Edith, 35.

Lillian, 14, a Machine Feeder.

Arthur, 9, born Ipswich.

Delia, 2, born Ipswich.

William, 1, born Ipswich.


George Youngman received his son’s personal effects on the 27th December 1918 – a photograph case & photographs.


The family also received a Plaque and Scroll serial number 368.


Soldiers’ Effects to George T. Youngman – father.


George is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Clement’s Congregational Church, at Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich, and on the Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, war memorial. Now sited at The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk.



Buffs (East Kent) Regiment, 1st Battalion

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