Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1897, Ipswich.

Died: 1st July 1916; age 19; KiA. Served in France a year.

Residence: 8, Milner Street, Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 6th July 1915 – France.


Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 5377

Regiment: Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 16B & 16C.

Thiepval Memorial,





1901   30, Well’s Street, Ipswich.


John was 3 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

Alfred Thomas Wincomb, 29, a Moulder – Iron Foundry, born Ipswich.

Catherine Wincomb (nee Thurlow), 27, born Needham Market, Suffolk.

Frederick Charles Wincomb, 8, born Ipswich.

Alfred William Wincomb, 6, born Ipswich.

George Edward Wincomb, 1, born Ipswich.


1911   30, Wells Street, Ipswich.


John was 13 years old, an Errand Boy – Grocery. He was living with his parents & brothers.

Alfred, 39, an Iron Moulder – General Engineers.

Catherine, 37.

Alfred, 16, an Iron Moulder – General Engineers.

George, 11.

Arthur Thomas Wincomb, 7, born Ipswich.

Bertie Wincomb, 4, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Alfred Wincomb – father.


In July 2013 at Lockdales Sale Room, John Wincomb’s 1915 Star Trio & framed Death Plaque went for auction. The reserve of £500 – £550 was met.


In April 2014 John Wincomb’s medals were listed on the auction website e-bay. After 22 bids the highest bid reached £870, the reserve of the seller was not met and they did not sell.


1914/15 Star Trio + Memorial Plaque awarded to:JOHN HENRY WINCOMB

5377 Cpl. J.H. Wincomb, 1st Btn. Rifle Brigade

1914/15 Star (5377 Cpl. J.H. Wincomb Rif: Brig).

British War Medal (5377 Cpl. J.H. Wincomb Rif. Brig)

Victory Medal (5377 Cpl. J.H. Wincomb Rif. Brig)

Memorial Plaque (JOHN HENRY WINCOMB)

Cpl. J.H. Wincomb, Born Ipswich; To France 6/7/15;

Killed in action F&F 1/7/16 on First Day Battle of the Somme & commemorated

on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Plaque displayed in a contemporary fretwork “Lest we Forget” frame (minor damage).

With 2 colour photographs of name on local memorial.

Copies of medal index card included.

Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error: Content is protected !!
Scroll to Top