Born: 18th July 1895, Woolpit, Suffolk.

Baptised: 25th August 1895, at St. Mary’s Church, Woolpit.

Died: 23rd December 1918; age 23; Died of Pneumonia at the 27th General Hospital, Egypt.

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


Rank: Bombardier; Service Number: 885528

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 272nd Brigade.

Formerly: 1476, Gunner, Royal Field Artillery.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Cairo War Memorial Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs. M.S. Bloom, of 31, Peel Street, Ipswich.




1901   Hague Farm Heath Stow Road, Woolpit, Suffolk.


Malcolm was 5 years old and living with his maternal grandparents & uncle.

John Palmer, 63, a Farmer – employer, born Woolpit.

Maria Palmer, 60, born Westleton, Suffolk.

John Palmer, 25, a Farmer’s Son, born Woolpit.


In 1901, Malcolm’s mother Margaret Susannah Palmer, was 24 years old, a General Domestic Servant at the home of 46 year old, John J. King, a Solicitor – Colville Villas, Norwich Road, Ipswich.


1911   Heath, Woolpit, Suffolk.


Malcolm was 16 years old, working on his grandmother’s farm, and living with his widowed grandmother and uncle.

Maria, 70, a Farmer – Agriculture – employer.

John, 30, a Worker on his mother’s farm.


In 1911, Margaret was 35 years old she had been married for 2 years to Thomas Alfred Bloom, 45, a Brewer’s employee. They were living at 31, Peel Street, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mrs. Margaret S. Bloom – mother.


Malcolm is also remembered on the war memorial at Woolpit Villiage Institute, Mill Lane, Suffolk.


Throughout 2018, Malcolm’s story will be on display at the Woolpit and District Museum


Royal Field Artillery, 272nd Brigade

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  • Malcolm Palmer was born in Woolpit on 18th July 1895 and baptised at St Mary’s Church, on 25th August 1895. His mother was Margaret Susannah Palmer but no father’s name was given. He attended Woolpit School and was brought up in the village by his grandparents. He is remembered on the Woolpit War Memorial and the Woolpit and District Museum has a display about him for 2018 to mark the centenary of his death, along with four other young men from the village who were killed in 1918.


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