Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1918

Born: 1885, Kersey, Suffolk.

Died: 27th April 1918; age 32; KiA.

Occupation: with the Prudential Assurance Company, Doncaster, Yorkshire.

Enlistment Location: Doncaster, Yorkshire.


Rank: Private; Service Number: G/69950

Regiment: Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, 7th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


The body was exhumed, identified by a cross on the grave, before reburial at Ypres Town Cemetery Extension.


Grave Reference:


Ypres Town Cemetery Extension,




Relatives Notified & Address: Youngest son of the late Hayward & Harriet Piper, of Kersey, Suffolk; husband of M.A.M. Piper, of 27, Finchley Road, Ipswich.




1891   Kersey Street, Kersey, Suffolk.


Horace was 5 years old and living with his parents, siblings & stepbrother.

Hayward Piper, 44, a Post Master, born Kersey, Suffolk.

Harriet Piper (nee Fairweather) (1st marriage Clayton), 43, born Little Stonham, Suffolk.

Frederick William Clayton, 20, a Farm Labourer, born Stonham, Suffolk.

Ernest Harold Piper, 7, born Kersey.

Albertha Elizabeth Piper, 3, born Kersey.


1901   The Street, Kersey, Suffolk.


Horace was 16 years old, a Grocer’s Assistant. He was living with his widowed father, sister & stepsister.

Haywood, 54, a Post Master.

Sarah M.A. Clayton, 27, born Stonham.

Albertha, 13.


1911   27, Finchley Road, Ipswich.


Horace was 25 years old, a Grocer & Draper’s Assistant. He was a visitor to his future wife’s family.

Alfred John Bloomfield, 64, a Coach Builder’s Salesman, born Freston, Suffolk.

Abigail Bloomfield (nee Collins), 50, born Butley, Suffolk.

Stanley Alfred Bloomfield, 24, a Postman – General Post Office, born Ipswich.

Maud Abbie May Bloomfield, 17, a Milliner’s Assistant, born Ipswich.


Horace’s mother, Harriet Piper, died July 1899, at the Post Office, Kersey. His father, Haywood Piper, died June 1908, at the Post Office, Kersey.


On the 3rd November 1917, at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich, Horace married Maud Abbie May Bloomfield, a milliner’s assistant, born 1894, Ipswich – daughter of Alfred John Bloomfield & Abigail Bloomfield (nee Collins), of 27, Finchley Road, Ipswich.


Probate to Maud Abbie May Piper – widow, of 27, Finchley Road, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Maud A.E. Piper – widow.


Horace is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Michael’s Church, Ipswich.


Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, 7th Battalion

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