Photograph courtesy of Genny
Born: 1880, Ipswich.
Died: 22nd March 1915; age 34; KiA.
First attested to the regular army: 17th January 1900 – using the newly introduced form AF.B.111. Aged 20 years – had already served as an apprentice for 7 years. Discharged at his own request – served 8 months.
Second Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 26th January 1915 – France.
Winter Operations 1914-15, The First Attack on Bellewaarde, The Actions of Hooge & The Second Attack on Bellewaarde.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 16153
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Queen’s South Africa Medal + 3 Claps – Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal. Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Hugh & Maria Bothwell, of Ipswich; husband of Georgina Bothwell, of 135, Handford Road, Ipswich.
1881 16, Peel Street, Ipswich.
Hugh was a year old and living with his parents.
Hugh Bothwell, 25, a Salesman, born County Down, Ireland.
Marsh Maria Bothwell (nee Barber), 25, born Witnesham, Suffolk.
1891 2, Soane Street, Ipswich.
Hugh was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Hugh, 36, a Salesman – Mineral Water.
Maria, 36, a Shop Woman – General Shop – own account.
Lilian Alice Bothwell, 9, born Ipswich.
James Bothwell, 8, born Ipswich.
Amos Bothwell, 7, born Ipswich.
Beatrice Annie Bothwell, 5, born Ipswich.
Claude Bothwell, 3, born Ipswich.
1901 14, Silent Street, Ipswich.
Hugh was 21 years old, a Carpenter. He was living with his widowed mother & siblings.
Maria, 44, a Boarding House Keeper.
Lilian, 19, an Assistant Teacher – Elementary School.
James, 18, a Plumber’s Apprentice.
Amos, 17, a Coach Builder’s Apprentice.
Beatrice, 15, a Pupil Teacher.
1901 Following military service in South Africa, taking part in the Boar War. Hugh was awarded “Freedom of the Borough of Ipswich”. Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour given to an individual. Ipswich had given the honour to Lord Kitchener (High Steward of Ipswich). Hugh was honoured along with 13 other Ipswich men for their service to the country.
1911 135, Handford Road, Ipswich.
Hugh was 31 years old, an Assistant Superintendent to the Refuge Assurance Company. He was married and Head of the Household.
Hugh’s father Hugh Bothwell, died 1901, Ipswich.
In 1901, Ipswich, Hugh married, Georgina Smith, born 1882, Ipswich. They had 2 daughters:
Vera Annie Bothwell, born October 1902, Ipswich.
Edna Kathleen Bothwell, born September 1913, Ipswich.
A family note:
Family account handed down has it that smoking killed my grandfather. He was standing between two other soldiers and lit up a cigarette – a sniper always aims in the centre of a group and he was in the wrong place that night. The story went on that his mates buried him in a temporary grave but as they moved away, the site received a bomb hit. Hugh Green.
Hugh is also remembered on the war memorial for the Refuge Assurance Company, at Fulshaw Hall, Wilmslow, Cheshire , and at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich, and on the war memorial for the Presbyterian Church that was formerly on London Road, Ipswich – now kept at Ipswich Museum.
Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion: