Born: 1874, Ipswich.

Died: 3rd September 1918; age 44; in an ambulance at Shooters Hill Road, Charlton, London – crushing of chest and lacerations of lungs consquent on the fall of six hundred weight upon him – accidental causes.

Inquest held 6th September 1918.

Residence: 46, Sirdar Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Warehouseman.


Based at Blackwall Lane, Greenwich.


Rank: Clerk 3rd Class; Service Number: 196787

Regiment: No1 Stores Depot, Royal Air Force.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Florence Louisa Finch, of 46, Sirdar Road, Ipswich.




1881     Curriers Lane, St. Mary at Elm, Ipswich.


Herbert was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Finch, 32, a Grocer’s Porter, born Martlesham, Suffolk.

Mary Ann Finch (nee Eighteen), 32, born Hadleigh, Suffolk.

Edith Emily Finch, 8, born Ipswich.

Frederick Finch, 3, born Ipswich.

Harry Finch, 1, born Ipswich.


1891   Wolsey Terrace, Walton, Suffolk.


Herbert was 17 years old, a Servant – Groom for 39 year old, Harry William Raffe, a Wholesales Grocer. Harry Raffe later became Mayor of Ipswich – 1907 – 1908.


1901   73, Fitzoy Street, Ipswich.


Herbert was 27 years old, a Grocer’s Warehouseman. He was married & Head of the Household.

Leah, 27.

Beatrice, 3 months.

1 boarder.


1911   46, Sirdar Road, Ipswich.


Herbert was 37 years old, a Grocery Warehouseman. He was married & Head of the Household.

Florence, 29.

Beatrice, 10.

Gladys, 4.

Reginald, 2.


On the 25th February 1898, at Crown Street Congregational Church, Ipswich, by the Rev. A.A. Dorsett, Herbert, of Silent Street, Ipswich married Leah Maria Airey, youngest daughter of William Airey, of Coombs, Suffolk, born 1874, Stowmarket, Suffolk.

They had 1 daughter:

Beatrice Maud Finch, born 1901, Ipswich.


Leah Maria Finch died 1903, Ipswich.


In 1907, Ipswich, Herbert married Florence Louisa Burrows, born 1882, Chelmondiston, Suffolk.

They had 5 children:

Gladys May Finch, born 1907, Ipswich.

Reginald Herbert Finch, born 1909, Ipswich.

Harold Edward Finch, born 1912, born Ipswich.

Stanley George Finch, born 1914, Ipswich.

Dorothy M. Finch, born 1917, Ipswich.


Herbert’s father, William Finch died April 1916. His mother, Mary Ann Finch died 1899.


Probate to Florence Louisa Finch – widow.


Soldiers’ Effects to Florence Finch – widow.


Royal Air Force:



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