Born: 13th October 1885, Ipswich.
Died: 12th March 1915; age 30. KiA at Neuve Chapelle.
Residence: 15, Cobbold Street, Ipswich.
Employed: as a Machinist at the Stoke factory, Ransomes & Rapier Ltd., Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich; 2nd September 1902. Volunteered for foreigh service on the outbreak of war.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 106
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, ‘C’ Company, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
VIII. E. 47.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified and Address: Son of Henry and Mary Ann Podd, of Ipswich; husband of Kate Edith Elizabeth Podd, of 15, Cobbold Street, Ipswich.
1891 3, Plough Street, Ipswich.
John was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Henry Podd, 34, a Painter; born Ipswich.
Mary Ann Podd ( nee Button), 34; born Ipswich.
Walter Henry Podd, 9, born Ipswich.
Emma Alice Podd, 8, born Ipswich.
1901 23, Wykes Bishops Street, Ipswich.
John was 17 years old and a Labourer at the Iron Foundry. He was living with his parents & brothers.
Henry, 44, a House Painter.
Mary Ann, 44.
Walter, 9, a General Labourer.
Charles Criss Podd, 7, born Ipswich.
1911 23, Wykes Bishops Street, Ipswich.
John was 26 years old, a General Labourer at Crane Builders. He was living with his parents & brother.
Henry, 54, a House painter.
Mary Ann, 54.
Charles, 17, a Striker at a Blacksmith – Agricultural Implements.
John attended Cavendish Street School, Ipswich.
On the 12th March 1913, at Butley Church, Suffolk, John Edmund Podd married Kate Edith Elizabeth Mayhew, born 1883, Butley, Suffolk. They had 1 son:
John Edmund Podd, born June 1915, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Kate Edith Elizabeth Podd – widow.
Additional information by Graham Jones:
Sgt 106, C Company, 4th Suffolks. Enlisted Ipswich, killed in action 12 March 1915 age 30. Son of Henry and Mary Ann Podd, of Ipswich, Suffolk; husband of Kate Edith Elizabeth Podd, of 15, Cobbold St., Ipswich, Suffolk. Buried in Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuichy, near Bethune, France.
Taking part in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, before dawn on 12 March, the 4th Battallion was ordered to move forward from trenches at Windy Corner to the Rue de Berceaux. As it moved off, the column was subjected to a severe artillery barrage, inflicting many casualties.
Edmund is also remembered on the Ransome & Rapier Ltd. war memorial, Bourne Park Ipswich
St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich.
Suffolk Regiment, ‘C’ Company, 4th Battalion: