Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph



Born: 1886, Handsworth, Staffordshire.

Died: 16th May 1915; age 29; Died of Wounds at No. 2 Casualty Clearing Station, Bailleul.

Residence: 131, Spring Road, Ipswich.

Employment: with Messrs. Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Birmingham.

Date of Entry Therein: 16th August 1914.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 5676

Regiment: Household Cavalry & Cavalry of the Line, 20th Hussars.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Grave Reference:


Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extensions,





1891   38, Bridge Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire.


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

Tom Bruford, a Coachman, born Taunton, Somerset.

Eliza Jane Bruford (nee Turner), 38, born Taunton.

Bessie Florence Bruford, 16, a Stud Maker, born Taunton.

Emily Beatrice Bruford, 14, a Warehouse Girl, born Handsworth, Staffordshire.

George Henry Bruford, 13, an Errand Boy, born Handsworth.

Alice Maud Bruford, 11, a Butter Maker – part time, born Handsworth.

Joseph Valentine Bruford, 10, born Handsworth.

William Ernest Bruford, 8, born Handsworth.

Henry Edwin Bruford, 6, born Handsworth.


1901   St. Saviour’s, Birmingham, Warwickshire.


James was 14 years old, a Gold Jeweller. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Tom, 49, a Coachman – Funeral Establishment.

Eliza, 49.

Alice, 21, a Watch Maker.

Joseph, 20, a Coachman – Funeral Establishment.

William, 18, a Gold Jeweller.


1911   Scarborough, Yorkshire, North Riding.


James was 25 years old, a Soldier ranked Private in the Hussars of the Line.


James’s mother Eliza Jane Bruford died, 1902, Birmingham.

His father Tom Bruford, died at the Birmingham General Hospital on the 12th May 1910, from injuries sustained through being kicked by a horse on the 11th May. Tom, of 32, Inkerman Street, Aston, was employed as a groom by Mr. William Henry Bagley, a jewel case maker – own account, of Ivydene, Livingstone Road, Handsworth. Whilst attending to his duties in the stable, a horse fatally kicked Tom in the abdomen, causing internal injuries. He was conveyed to the Hospital in a serious condition. An inquest at the Victoria Courts, Birmingham was conducted by the Deputy City Coroner, Mr. Arthur Henry Hebbert. A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mrs. Alice Maud Haste (wife of Frank Leonard Haste) – sister, of 131, Spring Road, Ipswich.


James is also remembered on the Orwell Works, Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies war memorial, Ipswich and at St. John the Baptist Church, Ipswich.


Household Cavalry & Cavalry of the Line, 20th Hussars: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_Hussars



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