Image from 1919 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.



Born: 1898, Ipswich.

Died: 4th December 1918; age 20 – Died of Pneumonia at 21st General Hospital, Alexandria.

Residence: 45, Bulwer Road, Ipswich.

Employed: Messrs. Wrinch’s foundry.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 17th November 1915 – France.


Rank: Shoeing Smith; Service Number: 885195; Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, ‘C’ Battery, 261st Brigade, (T.F).

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery,





1901   39, York Road, Ipswich.


James was 3 years old and living with his mother & siblings.

Edith Emma Cowdell (nee Flegg), 35, a Corset Maker – at home, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Cowdell, 14, a Tailoress, born Ipswich.

Harry Cowdell, 11, born Ipswich.

Edith Helens Cowdell, 8, born Ipswich.

1 nurse child.


1911   26, White Elm Street, Ipswich.


James was 13 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Edith, 45.

Elizabeth, a Corset Machinist.

Hary, 21, a Plumber’s Mate.

Edith, 18, a Printer’s Machinist.

Sidney Cowdell, 8, born Ipswich.

Halty Ella Cowdell, 5, born Ipswich.


James’s father was Frederick Cowdell, born 1863, Woolwich, Kent – died 1908, St. Olave, Bermondsey, London.


Soldiers’ Effects to Edith E. Cowdell – mother.

Royal Field Artillery, ‘C’ Battery, 261st Brigade:

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