image from 1918 Suffolk Chronical and Mercury newspaper.

Born: 1880, Ipswich.

Died: 6th November 1917; age 38; KiA.

Residence: 48, Wykes Bishop Street, Ipswich.

Employed: Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 31230.

Regiment: Devonshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 38 to 40.

Tyne Cot Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Susannah Brunning, of 48, Wykes Bishop Street, Ipswich.




1881   Upper Orwell Courts, Ipswich.


James was 6 months old and living with his parents & siblings.

David Nathan Brunning, 34, a Fish Hawker, born Ipswich.

Susannah M. Brunning (nee Payne), 30, born Ipswich.

Susannah Miriam Brunning, 8, born Ipswich.

David James Brunning, 6, born Ipswich.

Abraham Mason Brunning, 4, born Ipswich.

Mary Ann Brunning, 2, born Ipswich.


1891   Upper Orwell Courts, Ipswich.


James was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

David, 43, a Quay Labourer.

Susannah, 40.

Susannah, 18, a Stay Maker.

Abraham, 14, a Gate Porter – Foundry.

Mary Ann, 12.

George William Brunning, 8, born Ipswich.

Abigail Louisa Brunning, 6, born Ipswich.

Walter Brunning, 2, born Ipswich.

Alice Brunning, 3 months, born Ipswich.


1911   22, Union Street, Ipswich.


James was 30 years old, a Labourer – Iron Foundry. He was living with his widowed mother & sister & nephew.

Susannah, 60.

Louisa, 19, a Boot Machinist.

William Henry Foulger, 15, a Moulder – Iron Foundry, born Ipswich.


James’s father David Nathan Brunning died 1912, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Susannah Brunning – mother.


James is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich and on the war memorial at St. Clement’s Church, Ipswich.



The above are the four sons, two grandsons, and son-in-law of Mrs. Brunning, 48, Wykes Bishop Street, Ipswich. Their names and regiments are: (1) Pte. D. Brunning, A.S.C., now attached R.E., formerly at Orwell Works; (2) Pte. A. Brunning, Suffolks, has won the Military Medal for rescuing his Sergt.-Major, been buried, now invalided home; (3) Pte. J. Brunning, 11th Hussars, was called up in 1914, but was sent home for illness. Now in France again, formerly at Orwell Works; (4) Pte. G. Brunning, Suffolks, went to France in 1914, was wounded in 1915, is now back in France, also at the Orwell Works; (5) Pte. W. Foulger (grandson), Suffolks, went to France in 1914, wounded in 1915, now at Halton Park, also at the Orwell Works; (6) Pte. G. Fisher (grandson), Middlesex  Regiment, killed in action on July 1st 1916, leaves a widow and three children; (7) Pte. S. Mee, joined up when war broke out, and is now on munitions, formerly employed at Messrs. E.R. and F. Turner’s.

Susannah’s Grandson – Private George Robert Fisher, service number G/12586, for the Duke of Cambridge, Middlesex Regiment, 2nd Battalion, was KiA on the 1st July 1916. George a stevedore’s labourer had enlisted in December 1915, and embarked to France on the 1st June 1916. George was born 1890, Mile End, Middlesex and married Alice Susannah Brunning, and made their family home at Napier Road, West Ham, Essex. They had three daughters – Alice Miriam Fisher, 1911, Ivy Beatrice Fisher, 1913 and Lily Hannah Fisher, 1915. George is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Devonshire Regiment, 1st Battalion:

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