James is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.


Born: 1866, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Died: 17th May 1921; age: 54; After a short illness, at his home – 316, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich.

Residence: 316, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Foreman Painter and Decorator for Messrs. Bennett and Snare, New Street Works – for 3 years.

Enlistment Location: London; date: 30th August 1915. James wrote that he was 45 years old.



Home: 30th August 1915 – 1st September 1915

France: 2nd September 1915 – 20th December 1915

Home: 21st December 1915 – 24th April 1916.


Embarked: 2nd September 1915 – France.

Transferred: 21st December 1915.


Discharged: 20th April 1916 – Disability – Trench Foot and Gout – Military Character – Good. Served 235 days. Awarded the Silver War Badge.


Rank: Pioneer; Service Number: 117980.

Regiment: Royal Engineers.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Laid to rest Saturday, 21st May 1921.


Grave Reference:

Ipswich Old Cemetery,





1871   Market Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


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

James William Boast, 25, a Fancy Baker, born Norwich, Norfolk.

Eliza Amy Boast (nee Sussems), 25, born Diss, Norfolk.

George John Boast, 2, born Great Yarmouth.

Eliza Amy Boast, 5 months, born Great Yarmouth.

1 visitor.


1881   19, Howard Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


James was 14 years old, a Shop Assistant for his parents. He was living with his parents & siblings.

James, 35, a Tobacconist & News Argent.

Eliza, 35, Tobacconist & News Argent.

George, 12.

Eliza, 10.

John James Boast, 8, born Great Yarmouth.

Herbert Thorpe Boast, 6, born Great Yarmouth.

Garibaldi Mazzini Boast, 4, born Great Yarmouth.


1891   Troy Alley, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


James was 24 years old, a Painter. He was married and Head of the Household.

Susannah, 27.

Ethel, 3.

James, 19 months.


1901   The Hills, Reedham, Norfolk.


James was 34 years old, a Plummer & Painter – own account. He was Head of the Household.

Susannah, 47.

Ethel, 13.

Robert, 9.

James, 11 months.


1911   133, Orwell Road, Ipswich.


James was 44 years old, a Painter and Decorator. He was Head of the Household.

Susannah, 47.

Robert, 19, a Cylinder Moulder – Engineer Works.

James. 10.


James’s mother, Eliza Amy Boast died February 1900, Great Yarmouth.


On the 20th December 1885, at St. Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 20 year old, James, an Oil Man, of Row 85, Great Yarmouth, married 21 year old, Susannah Self, of Lancaster Road, Great Yarmouth, born January 1864, Runham Vauxhall, Norfolk.

They had 4 children:

Ellen Amy Boast, born April 1886, Row 93, Runham Vauxhall – Baptised 12th October 1888, Great Yarmouth – James was a Painter.

Ethel May Boast, born 1888, Runham Vauxhall, Norfolk.

Robert James Boast, born 1890, Great Yarmouth.

James William Boast, born 1900, Reedham, Norfolk.


James was a member of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes. He was a member of the Liberal Party.


James received and signed for his 1915 Star on the 9th September 1920, and his British War medal on the 13th January 1921.




The funeral of  Mr. James W. Boast, whose death occurred, after a short illness, at his home, 316, Cauldwell Hall Road, on Tuesday, took place on Saturday morning at the Ipswich Cemetery.

The deceased, who had for the past three years been in the employ of Messrs. Bennett and Snare, New Street Works, as foreman painter, joined the Royal Engineers in 1915, in spite of his age, and went out to France, where he spent some six months, when he was invalided home, and later received his discharge. After working for a few months on munitions at the Orwell Works, he went to Messrs. Bennett and Snare’s.

In view of his military service, the deceased was interred with military honours, the coffin, covered with the Union Jack, being borne to the Cemetery on a gun-carriage, this, together with two trumpeters, being supplied by the 11th Brigade R.F.A. from Ipswich Barracks, by permission of the O.C., Col. Cunningham, whilst a detachment of the R.A.M.C., 1st East Anglian Field Ambulance, under Sergt.-Major Paulizki, acted as wreath-bearers.

The deceased having been always a keen Buffalo, a large number of brother “Buffs” turned out to pay the last tribute of respect to their departed comrade, those following being Knights Osborne, Howard, Dixey, Cook, Garner and Bumstead, Primos Garnham, Mayhew, Penny, Fitch, Soar, Buckenham, Askew, Morgan, Garrard, Bream, Kidby, Jackson, Hakes, Alexander anf Hazelton, and brothers Norton, Berry, Paulizki, Llewellyn, Wagstaffe, Turner, Harrington, Jay, Brown, Goodrich, Preedy, Otto, Warden, Howard, Cooper, Chapman, Knights, Whinney, Cook, Lord, Smith, Lennard, Thompson, Lambley, Hodgkiss, sen., Hodgkiss, jun., Haddock, Welbury, Pepper, Trodd, Dodman and Warne. There was also a representative following of deceased’s fellow-workers from New Street Works.

The family mourners were Messrs. Robt. James and James William Boast (sons), Mrs. Baker and Miss Ethel May Boast (daughters), Mr. James Wm. Boast and Mrs. Boast (father and step-mother), Mr. Herbert Boast (brother), Mr. and Mrs. Garibaldi Boast (brother and sister-in-law), Mrs. J. Norton, and Mrs. W.H.Berry.

The service in the church and at the graveside was taken by the Rev. A.P.S. Pink, curate of St. John’s, whilst the impressive funeral oration of the R.A.O.B, was delivered by Knight G. Osborne, at the conclusion of which the brethren formed the broken link, after which the trumpeters sounded the “Last Post.” The remains were enclosed in a polished oak coffin, with brass fittings, the breastplate bearing the inscription, “James William Boast, died May 17th, 1921, aged 54 years.”

Among the many beautiful floral tributes, in addition to those from the family, were wreaths from Messrs. Bennett and Snare, his fellow workmen, N.F.D.S. and S. Ipswich and District United Lodge, R.A.O.B., “Pickwick” Lodge, R.A.O.B., Mrs. Pike, Mrs. Harden, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Rush, Mrs. Cammell, Mr. and Mrs. Bramble, Mr. Burrows, Mr. Woods, etc.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by E.S, Singleton, Ltd.

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