Hugh is remembered on the war memorial at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.


Born: 1896, Needham Market, Suffolk.

Died: 2nd April 1915; Age: 18; Scarlatina & Cardiac Failure at the Fever Hospital, Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

Residence: Bank House, Needham Market, Suffolk.

Occupation: Bank Clerk – Barclays.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 1683.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd/6th Cyclist Battalion.

1/6th (Cyclist) Battalion Territorial Force
04.08.1914 Stationed at Ipswich and the moved to Saxmundham.
1914-15 Attached to the 1st Mounted Division


Grave Reference:

St. Mary’s Churchyard,

Creeting St. Mary,





1901   High Street, Needham Market, Suffolk.


Hugh was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Willie Keeble Cossons, 39, a Bank Clerk, born East Dereham, Norfolk.

Kate Helen Cossons (nee Steele), 37, born Ipswich.

Bernard Cossons, 9, born Needham Market.

Robin Cossons, 8, born Needham Market.

Olive Rachel Cossons, 2, born Needham Market.

1 general domestic servant.


1911   Bank House, Needham Market, Suffolk.


Hugh was 14 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Willie, 49, a Bank Manager.

Kate, 47.

Bernard, 19, a Bank Clerk.

Robin, 18, an Insurance Clerk.

Olive, 12.

1 general domestic servant.


On the 2nd January 1908, Hugh’s father, Willie Keeble Cossons was appointed from 2nd Clerk to Bank Manager, at Needham Market, he soon would become a Bank Manager for Barclays Bank – he retired in 1923. Willie was a life-long Methodist, and a Trustee and Chapel Steward at the Trinity Methodist Church, Felixstowe, and a representative from the Society to the Leaders’ Meeting. He also did valuable work as honorary secretary of the Felixstowe District Gardeners’ Association.

Hugh’s brother, Bernard also worked for Barclay’s Bank, and in 1931, was appointed to Manager at Framlingham, Suffolk. With a salary at the rate of £475 per annum, together with free residence, but without firing and lighting.







Hugh is also remembered on the Barclays Bank Limited war memorial, and on the war memorial at Needham Market, Suffolk.


Image and extra information courtesy of Nicholas – Barclays Bank Archivist.

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