Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1917

Born: 1896, Ipswich.

Died: 28th April 1917; age 21; KiA.

Residence: 7, Ashmere Grove, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Service Number: 40973

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, ‘A’ Coy, 7th Battalion.

Formerly 2292, Cyclist Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Bay 4.

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Second son of Police Sergeant James & Alice Aldous, of 5, Nottidge Road, Ipswich.



1901   134, Lacey Street, Ipswich.


James was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James Aldous, 36, a Police Constable, born Belstead, Suffolk.

Alice Aldous (nee Block), 33, born Ipswich.

Edith Mary Aldous, 11, born Ipswich.

John William Aldous, 10, born Ipswich.

Eva Alice Aldous, 7, born Ipswich.

Ethel Esther Aldous, 3, born Ipswich.


1911   7, Ashmere Grove, Ipswich.


James was 15 years old & Blacksmith Learner. He was living with his parents & siblings.

James, 46, a Police Sergeant.

Alice, 43.

Edith, 21, a Tailoress – Coat Hand.

John, 20, a Threshing Machine Erector.

Eva, 17, a Tailoress – Coat Hand.

Ethel, 13.

Bertie Joseph Aldous, 9, born Ipswich.

Cecil Frank Aldous, 5, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to James Aldous – father.


James is also remembered on the war memorial at Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich.

Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion

The Battle of Arleux.

The 11th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment as part of the 101st Brigade, formed an attack on Roeux chemical works on the Northern edge of the town, just south of the railway line. At 4:27 on the 28th of April 1917 the attack by the 11th began, troops pushed forward but came under heavy machinegun fire which drove the men back. A small group pushed on into the quarry on the eastern edge of the chemical works, being unsupported. At nightfall, they returned with 3 prisoners. The opening barrage had failed to destroy the machinegun posts and the enemy trenches, causing the attack to fail. The emery counter-attacked from Roeux. they were taking Mount Pleasant wood, part of the Ceylon trench at 9:45 a.m. The Battalion took over 300 casualties. The same fate was to happen to the 7th Battalion of the Suffolk regiment taking 190 casualties. 13 Ipswich men were killed on this day.

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

Friends of The Suffolk Regiment


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