Born: 1886, Ipswich.

Died on or since: 20th July 1916; age 30; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

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


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/10304

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


In January 1921, the body was found in a British Soldier’s grave No. EU.22 which was marked with a cross in the north-central area of Delville Wood. The body was exhumed, identified and reburied at Delville Wood Cemetery.


Grave Reference:


Delville Wood Cemetery,







1891   28, Arthur Street, Ipswich.


John was 5 years old and living with his parents, sisters & maternal aunt & uncle.

Arthur Otto, 25, a Carpenter, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Otto (nee Catchpole), 24, born Ipswich.

Daisy Elizabeth Otto, 3, born Ipswich.

Maud Blanche Otto, 1, born Ipswich.

Robert Charles Catchpole, 18, an Iron Fitters Labourer, born Ipswich.

Maria Christiana Catchpole, 13, born Ipswich.


1901   28, Arthur Street, Ipswich.


John was 15 years old, a Plough Fitter. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Arthur, 35, a Carpenter.

Elizabeth, 34.

Maud, 11.

Kate Laura Otto, 5, born Ipswich.

William Percy Otto, born Ipswich.

Amy Otto, 1 month, born Ipswich.


1911   26, Gibson Street, Ipswich.


John was 25 years old, a General Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Arthur, 45, a House Carpenter & Joiner – Builder.

Elizabeth, 44.

Maud, 21, a Stay Maker – Corset Factory.

May Rose Otto, 17, a Service Domestic, born Ipswich.

Kate, 15, a Paper Bag maker – Bag Factory.

William, 13.

Amy, 10.

Stanley George Otto, 7, born Ipswich.


John’s father Arthur Otto died in August 1916, St. Michael’s, Ipswich.


In 1912, Ipswich, John married Alice Cadman, born 1886, Ipswich – daughter of Richard Cadman, an iron foundry labourer, and Matilda Morphy Cadman (nee Clarke), of 16, Coytes Gardens, Ipswich. .


Alice and John had three children:

John Otto, born 1913 – 1913, Ipswich.

Doris Evelyn Otto, born January 1914, Ipswich.

Lilian Beatrice Otto, born 1915, Ipswich.


John also became the father of Alice’s daughter, Alice May Cadman, born 29th August 1905, at 7, Garret’s Buildings, Ipswich. Young Alice was cared for by her widowed grandfather, Richard Cadman until Alice and John married.

On the 11th March 1920, 14 year old Alice May Cadman, a protestant, departed from the Port of London with many other boys and girls in the care of Dr. Barnardo’s, aboard the S.S. ‘Siclilian’ of The Canadian Pacific Ocean Services Ltd., to Canada. Alice’s next of kin was her mother, Mrs. Alice Otto, of 61, Fitzroy Street, Ipswich. On the 26th February 1920, the S.S. ‘Sicilian’ arrived at the Port of St. John’s, New Brunswick, Canada. Alice was sent to  ‘Hazelbrae Barnardo Home’ in Peterborough, Ontario – with Superintendant, Mr. Hobday. Alice was to enter Domestic Service.


Soldier’s effects to Alice Otto – widow.


Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion:

Day 19 of the Somme offensive

2nd Battalion The Suffolk’s regimental records show: On the afternoon the Germans counter-attacked, forcing their way with fine courage but at great cost into Delville Wood and the northern end of Longueval, which troops of the third division had just cleared. In consequence, two companies were sent up to Longueval Ridge to support the attack of the 1st Gordon Highlanders on Longueval,  the remainder of the Battalion moving from the wood into Caterpillar Valley itself, where they were persistently shelled.

Early on the 19th Captain and Adjutant Trollope and Lt. Pickard-Cambridge were wounded, 2nd Lt  Russell taking over the duties of adjutant. Throughout time of stress, Captain Marshall R.A.M.C medical officer to the battalion always proved himself equal to the occasion, being subsequently awarded the D.S.O in recognition of his splendid service. On the 20th the battalion assembled for the renewed attack on Longueval and Delville Wood. The casualties were to be high.

Suffolk Regiment battalion movements

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