Born: 1886, Marks Tey, Essex.

Died: 15th October 1918; age: 32; found Drowned at Ipswich.

Residence: Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 50600.

Regiment: Bedfordshire Regiment, 3rd Battalion.

Formerly 323806, Royal Engineers.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,





1891   1, Primrose Terrace, Ranelagh Road, Ipswich.


Herbert was 5 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

John King Ranns, 41, a Travelling Inspector – G.E.Railways, born Kennett, Cambridgeshire.

Ellen Ranns (nee Sewell), 41, born Copford, Essex.

Ellen Elizabeth Ranns, 17, a Dressmaker, born Copford, Essex.

Lillie Florence Ranns, 12, born Marks Tey, Essex.

1 lodger.


1901   109, Rectory Road, Ipswich.


Herbert was 15 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John, 50,a Travelling Inspector.

Ellen, 50.

Lillie, 22.

Stanley Henry C. Ranns, 6, born Ipswich.


1911   18, Station Street, Ipswich.


Herbert was 25 years old, a Trimmer – Iron Foundry. He was married and Head of the Household.

Ellen, 23.

Beatrice, 10 months.


Herbert’s father, John King Ranns died September 1911, Ipswich. His mother, Ellen Ranns died 1912, Ipswich.


In 1910, Ipswich, Herbert married Ellen Rachel Fitch, born 1888, Ipswich. They had 2 daughters:

Beatrice May Ranns, born 1910, Ipswich.

Vera L. Ranns, born 1916, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Ellen R. Ranns – widow.

Bedfordshire Regiment, 3rd Battalion

August 1914 : in Bedford. A training unit, it remained in UK throughout the war. Moved within a few days of declaration of war to Felixstowe for duty with the Harwich Garrison.

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