Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1895, Ipswich.

Died: 10th May 1917; Died of Wounds at No. 7 Hospital.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 40940

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.

Formerly 1352, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Grave Reference:


Etaples Military Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,





1901   22, Tovell’s Road, Ipswich.


John was 5 years old and living with his parents, siblings & maternal grandfather.

Daniel French, 49, a Boot & Shoe Maker, born Camden Town, London.

Mary Ann French (nee Madgett), 41, born Whitton, Suffolk.

George Edwin French, 21, a General Carman, born Ipswich.

Susan Mary French, 18, a Day Girl – Domestic, born London.

Arthur Daniel French, 16, a Smith’s Striker – Iron Foundry, born London.

Frederick William French, 13, born Ipswich.

Henry Charles French, 11, born Ipswich.

Emily Maria French, 9, born Ipswich.

Stanley Herbert French, 1, born Ipswich.

George Madgett, 71, a widower, a General Labourer, born Yaxley, Suffolk.


1911   6, Tennyson Road, Ipswich.


John was 15 years old, a Steam Hammer drive – Blacksmith’s Shop. He was living with his parents & brothers.

Daniel, 59, a Shoemaker – Shoe Factory.

Mary Ann, 51.

Arthur, 26, a Striker – Blacksmith’s Shop.

Henry, 21, a Tracking Machine Fitter – Iron Foundry.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mary A. French – mother.


In November 2014, at Lockdales, Martlesham Heath, John’s 1914 Star Trio & Death Plaque went to auction – estimated at £140 – £160.


John is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich and St. John the Baptist church Ipswich WW1 Memorial

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