Images courtesy of David Gobbitt Flickr 

Born: 1886, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire.

Died: 19th April 1918; age 32; KiA.

Residence: 31, King’s Avenue, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Occupation: with the Ipswich Gas Light Company.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 473446.

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps (T.F.), 88th Field Ambulance.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

James Reginald Giddings

The body was found in a grave with two other bodies – all killed on the 19th April and all of the Royal Army Medical Corps, 88th Field Ambulance – Private, 473117, James Reginald Giddings, aged 22 years, son of James Wesley Giddings & Harriet Frances Giddings (nee Sutton), of 37, Cynthia Road, Twerton, Somerset. Private, 473018, Stanley Cecil Jackaman, aged 23 years, son of Frederick Jackaman & Ellen Kate Jackaman (nee Lay),  of 65, Richmond Road, Ipswich, and husband of Caroline Lily Jackaman (nee Norman), of Ipswich. In September 1920, the three bodies were laid to rest alongside each other at Godewaerzvelde British Cemetery.


Grave Reference:


Godewaersvelde British Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Jessie Maria Garner, of 31, King’s Avenue, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.




1891   108, Church Street, Dunstable, Bedfordshire.


Harry was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Thomas William Garner, 33, a Baker – own account, born Southwark, Surrey.

Jessie Maria Garner (nee Warner), 33, born Ipswich.

Thomas William Henry Garner, 10, born Ipswich.

Stanley Christmas Garner, 9, born Aberystruth, Cardiganshire, Wales.

Archibald Llewellin Garner, 7, born Dovercourt, Essex.

Jessie Charlotte Thirza Garner, 2, born Bishops Stortford, Bedfordshire.

1 General Domestic Servant.


1901   25, Tacket Street, Ipswich.


Harry was 15 years old, a Telegraph Messenger. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Thomas, 43, a Baker & Confectioner – employer.

Jessie, 43.

Stanley, 18, a Baker’s Assistant.

Archibald, 17, a Baker’s Assistant.

Jessie, 12.

Evelyn A. Garner, 9, born St. Pancras, London.

May Ethel Garner, 6, born St. Pancras, London.

Louise Victoria Garner, 3, born Ipswich.

Hilda Constance Garner, 2, born Ipswich.

1 housemaid.


Soldiers’ Effects to Jessie M. Garner – mother.

Harry is also remembered on the war memorial at Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich.


Ipswich Gas Light Company.


Image of James Reginald Giddings courtesy of John – extra information can be found on the life story of James Giddings can be found at www.oldfieldparkww1.co.uk/Giddings/JamesGiddingsBiography.html

Image of Stanley Cecil Jackaman courtesy of Gillie Hoffacker


Royal Army Medical Corps (T.F.), 88th Field Ambulance:

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