Born: 1876, Ipswich.

Died: 12th March 1915; age 39; KiA – at the Battle of Neuvre Chapelle: 

Residence: LLanelli, Wales.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.


Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 73

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Grave Reference:


Guards Cemetery,

Windy Corner,


Pas de Calais,





1881   Sun Lane, Woodbridge, Suffolk.


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

Robert William Liffen, 30, a Stone Sawyer, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Priscilla Liffen (nee Burch), 31, a Machinist, born Ipswich.

Beatrice Alice Liffen, 3, born Ipswich.

Leonard Leopold Liffen, 2, born Ipswich.


1891   14, Suffolk Road, Ipswich.


James was 14 years old, a Baker’s Errand Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Robert, 42, a Stone Sawyer’s Labourer.

Elizabeth, 40, a Tailor’s Machinist.

Beatrice, 13.

Leonard, 10.

Evelyn May Liffen, 9, born Ipswich.

William Basil Liffen, 8, born Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.

Hephzibah Amy Liffen, 7, born Ipswich.

Walter Alfred F. Liffen, 3, born Ipswich.

Stannard Ernest B. Liffen, 10 months, born Ipswich.


1901   33, Lower Orwell Street, Ipswich.


James was 25 years old, a widower, a General Labourer. He and his 2 year old daughter were living with his parents & siblings.

Robert, 54, a Stone Sawyer.

Elizabeth, 50.

Leonard, 22, a General Labourer.

William, 18, a General Labourer.

Ettie (Hephzibah), 16.

Alfred, 13.

Arthur (Stannard), 11.

Ellen, 2.


1911   19, Rose Lane, Ipswich.


James was 34 years old, a General Labourer – Ipswich Sanitary Authorities. He was married and Head of the Household.

Mary, 34.

Ellen, 12.

Robert, 2.


In 1897, Ipswich, James married Ellen Fordham, born 1878, Ipswich – died 1899, Ipswich. They had 1 daughter:

Ellen Maud Liffen, born 1898, Ipswich.


In 1905, in the district of Plomesgate, Suffolk, James married Mary Collins, born 1876, Rendlesham, Suffolk. They had 1 son:

Robert Basil Liffen, born April 1908, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mary Liffen – widow.

James is also remembered on ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S CHURCH WAR MEMORIAL, Ipswich.

Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion:

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment






Posted in First World War, Suffolk Regiment

  1. Robert Liffen says:

    This is my Great-Great Grandfather. My father was named after him. I have visited his grave in Windy Corner and have a few photographs of it and some copies of war records I’ve found, but no photograph of him unfortunately.

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