Image 1916 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury news paper.


Born: 1884, St. Clements, Ipswich.

Died: 15th September 1916; age 32; KiA. Served 14 years & 64 days.

Residence: 26, Tomline Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 14th July 1902; age 18 years & 2 months; Occupation: Labourer; Religion: CofE. Height 5ft 6 3/4ins, greyish-blue eyes, brown hair.

Service: Home: 14th July 1902 – 11th April 1904 – Malta 12th April 1914 – 24th October 1906 – Home: 25th October 1906 – 6th October 1915 – B.E.F. 7th October 1915 – 15 September 1916.

Offences: Gosport – 21st November 1902 – Acting Corporal – 1. Absent from Staff Parade 2. Dirty on Church Parade – trial 3rd October 1902 – revert to Private/Rifleman.1st Battalion

Holywood – 10th February 1908 – Bugler – Dirty on Parade at 9.30am – trial 11th February 1908 – 5 days C.B.

Date of Entry Therein: 7th October 1915 – France.

Rank: Lance Sergeant; Service Number: S/9108

Regiment: The Rifle Brigade, 9th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War, 1914 & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference.

Pier & Face 16B & 16C.

Thiepval Memorial,






1891   2, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.


Joshua was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Francis Symonds, 46, a Dock Labourer, born St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Harriet Symonds (nee Burton), 36, born St. Mary Stoke, Ipswich.

Francis Joseph Symonds, 17, a General Labourer, born St. Mary Elm’s Ipswich.

Susannah Symonds, 15, a Domestic Servant – Day Girl, born Ipswich.

Frederick Leonard Symonds, 13, a General Labourer, born Ipswich.

Samuel Arthur Symonds, 11, born Ipswich.

Julia Symonds, 8, born Ipswich.

Edward William Symonds, 4, born Ipswich.

Albert Charles Symonds, 2, born Ipswich.


1901   85, Kemball Street, Ipswich.


Joshua was 17 years old, a General Labourer. He was living with his parents & brothers.

Francis, 56, a General Labourer.

Harriet, 49.

Francis, 27, a General Labourer.

Edward, 13.

Albert, 12.


1911   26, Tomline Road, Ipswich.


Joshua was 27 years old, a Railway Servant – Labourer. He was married with a daughter and living at his in-laws family home.

Charlotte Gowers, 58, born Ipswich.

Cecilia Gowers, 28, a Factory Hand – Machinist, born Ipswich.

Lily Gowers, 29, a Factory Hand – Printer, born Ipswich.

James Albert Gowers, 21, a Dental Mechanic, born Ipswich.

Maud, 19.

Cecilia, 1.


On the 16th August 1909, at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Ipswich, Joshua married, Victoria Maud Gowers, born 1892, Ipswich. They had 2 children:

Cecilia Ellen Maud Symonds, born September 1909, Ipswich.

James Francis Symonds, born Setember 1912, Ipswich.


Joshua’s widow, Mrs Victoria Maud Symonds, of 24, Tomline Road, Ipswich received the British War medal in January 1919, the Victory on the 6th June 1919 and the 1914 & 1915 Stars on the 10th March 1920. Joshua is also remembered on Holy Trinity Church Memorial also remembered on ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S CHURCH WAR MEMORIAL, Ipswich.

Joshua’s brother, Edward William Symonds, died in the First World War, on the 28th July 1919, aged 32, at Ipswich. He was a Lance Corporal, service number P4440, of the Military Police Corps, Military Foot Police. Edward was laid to rest at the Field of Honour, Ipswich Old Cemetery, Ipswich.

The Rifle Brigade, 9th Battalion


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