Born: 14th October 1885, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Died: 24th March 1918; age 32; KiA.

Date of Entry Therein: 14th November 1915.


Commisioned Lieutenant – 4th August 1916 – 12th Suffolk Regiment.


Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 12th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War + 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Bay 4.

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Matilda Blanche Hamblin & the late Robert Hamblin; husband of Amy Eveline Hamblin (nee McIntosh).




1891   Gippeswyk Road, Ipswich.


John was 5 years old and living with his parents, siblings & father’s cousin.

Robert Hamblin, 38, a Boot & Shoe Maker, born St. Nicholas, Ipswich.

Matilda Blanche Hamblin (nee Porter), 36, born Stoke, Ipswich.

Robert Arthur Hamblin, 9, born St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Charles Arthur Hamblin, 8, born St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Katherine Mary Hamblin, 7, born St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Thomas Richard Hamblin, 6, born St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Elizabeth Theresa Hamblin, 3, born St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Anne Wilson, 17, a Mother’s Help, born Felixstowe, Suffolk.


1901   Christ’s Hospital, Christ Church Newgate Street, London.


John was 15 years old and a student at the school.


1911   Station Road, New Milton, Hampshire.


John was 25 years old, a Manager – Stationery & Tobacconist – Shopkeeper. He was a widower and Head of the Household.

Robert, 2.

Amy, 7 months.

1 housekeeper.

1 stationery & tobacconist shop assistant.

1 general domestic servant.


In 1907, Ipswich, John married, Amy Eveline McIntosh, born 1883, Kirkby, Laythorpe, Lincolnshire – died 1910, Lymington, Hampshire.

They had 2 children:

Robert John Hamblin, July 1908, Pokesdown, Hampshire.

Amy Eveline Hamblin, born August 1910, New Milton, Hampshire.


Probate to Robert Hamblin – father, a Gentleman.


Soldiers’ Effects to Robert Hamblin Esq. – father.


John’s medals were sent to his son young Robert John Hamblin, via his grandfather and guardian Robert Hamblin, of 19, Gippeswyk Road, Ipswich.


John is also remembered on the war memorial at the Unitarian Meeting House, Friars Street, Ipswich, and at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.


Suffolk Regiment, 12th Battalion:

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