image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1887, Wimbledon, Surrey.

Baptised: 27th November 1887 – Holy Trinity, South Wimbledon, parents: Elizabeth & Walter James Glass, a House Painter – address: 92, South Road, Wimbledon, Surrey.

Died: 11th December 1915; age 28; died at No. 17 General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt, from Enteric Fever contracted while on active service on the Peninsula.

Residence: 9, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

Employed: at Mr. Gibbon’s Flour Mill, Benezet Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: 2nd September 1914.

Date of Entry Therein: 21st July 1915 – Egypt.

James was in charge of building of his guns’ position, which he did really well. His was the only dug-out that kept out the rain during the awful storm on the 28th November 1915.


Rank: Bombardier; Service Number: 98391.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, ‘A’ Battery, 55th Brigade.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 -1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Alexandria (Chatby) Military & War Memorial Cemetery,





1891   92, South Road, Wimbledon, Surrey.

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

James Walter Glass, 23, a Paper Hanger, born Wimbledon.

Elizabeth Glass (nee Wooster), 24, born Wimbledon.

Lily Elizabeth Glass, 2, born Wimbledon.

Edward Albert Glass, 3 months, born Wimbledon.


1901   98, South Street, Ipswich.

James was 13 years old, a Miller’s Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.

James, 33, a Paper Hanger.

Elizabeth, 33.

Lily, 12.

Edward, 10.

George Thomas Glass, 9, born Wimbledon.

William Ernest Glass, 7, born Wimbledon.

Robert John Glass, 6, born Wimbledon.


1911   83, Bulwer Road, Ipswich.

James was 23 years old, a Miller’s Foreman – Flour Mill. He was boarding at the home of 58 year old, Rosa Coleby.


James was educated at Haydon Road Boys’ School, Haydon Road, South Wimbledon, Greater London.


James’s father James Walter Glass, died 20th May 1916, at The County of Middlesex War Hospital, Napsbury, St. Albans. He had joined on the 27th September 1914, ranked Private, service number 17104 – in the Army Service Corps.


In 1912, Kingston, Surrey, James married, Esther Elizabeth Seibel, born January 1888, Islington, Middlesex, daughter of Adam (a baker) & Martha Seibel (nee Pocock), of 168a, Effra Road, Wimbledon, S.W.

They had 1 son:

James Noel Glass, born Christmas Day, 1913, Ipswich – died 1921, West Ham, Essex.


Soldiers’ Effects to Esther E. Glass – widow.


James is also remembered on the Haydon Road Boys’ School war memorial, now located in the car park of All Saint’s Primary School, Haydon Road, South Wimbledon, Greater London.


Royal Field Artillery, ‘A’ Battery, 55th Brigade:


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