OSCAR MORTIMER

Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1917

 

Born: 10th July 1890, Ipswich.

Died: 12th January 1917; age 26; Died from severe injuries received in a train accident – at No. 18 General Hospital, Hut 1, Camiers, France.

Residence: 288, Norwich Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 25th July 1915 – France.

 

Rank: Staff Sergeant; Service Number: 45457

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, 54th Field Ambulance.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

 

Grave Reference:

XXI.A.5.

Etaples Military Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Marie G Mortimer, of Ipswich & the late Oliver.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   Salisbury Villa, Orford Street, Ipswich.

 

Oscar was 8 months old and living with his parents & stepsiblings.

Oliver Mortimer, 31, a Corn Merchant’s Assistant, born Tuddenham, Suffolk.

Marie Gertrude Mortimer (nee Pohl), 31, born Aix la Chapelle, Aachen, Germany.

Rivers William Arthur Everitt, 6, born Harkstead, Suffolk.

Mary Elizabeth Everitt, 5, born Harkstead.

1 General Servant

1 Nursemaid.

 

1901   70, Orford Street, Ipswich.

 

Oscar was 10 years old and living with his parents, brother & stepsiblings.

Oliver, 41, a Corn Merchant & Malster Assistant.

Marie, 41.

Rivers, 16.

Mary, 15.

Arthur Arnold Mortimer, 9, born Ipswich.

 

Oscar’s father, Oliver Mortimer, died on the 6th July 1903, at his residence 70, Orford Street, Ipswich.

Evening Star – Tuesday, 7th July 1903 – DEATH OF MR. OLIVER MORTIMER – A familiar figure on the corn markets of the Ipswich and Norwich districts will be seen no more in the person of Mr. Oliver Mortimer, who for about a quarter of a century – ever since his school days, in fact – has been well known as a merchant on Eye, Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds, Stowmarket, Diss, and Norwich markets. He was the eldest surviving son of Mr. Thomas Mortimer, maltster and merchant, of Ipswich, and was, with two brothers (Mr. Walter and Mr. Alfred Mortimer) associated with his father in an extensive and important business, in the detail work connected with which the deceased gentleman was ever industrious, and showed conspicuous ability. He had for some time suffered from an affection of the ear, which resulted in inflammatory brain symptoms during the last week, with the result that acting upon the advice of his medical man, Mr. A. Y. Pringle, with whom Dr. Brown was in consultation, the services of a London specialist (Sir Victor Horsley) were availed of, who performed an operation at Oliver Mortimer’s residence, of 70, Orford Street, on Friday evening. On the following day, Oliver Mortimer appeared to be going on satisfactorily, but on Sunday the symptoms were not so favourable, and during Monday he was practically unconscious, death taking place between 11 and 12 o’clock that night. Oliver Mortimer, who was only 43 years of age, married about 14 years since Mrs. Marie Gertrude Everitt, of Harkstead, for whom and her four children (two of these being sons by her second husband) the greatest sympathy will be felt, as well as for the deceased’s much-respected parents, in their deep bereavement.

 

Oscar was educated at Framlingham College from 1904 – 1906 – Goldsmith Prize & Gold Medal for Modern Languages, Book Keeping Prize 1906. Cricket XI 1906 & Football XI 1904 – 1905. Springfield Cup 1906.

Taken from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury

Oscar was well known in sporting circles in Ipswich, being both a good cricket and football player. He played for Ipswich and East Suffolk regularly from 1911 onwards and was a one-time secretary of the Club. Although as a change bowler, he was often useful, his reputation rested chiefly on his batting, and during the last few years before the war his average was never far down the list. He also gained his county cap and was identified more than once with useful scores, besides rendering aid to the side as a bowler when it was short of first-class trundlers. His greatest knock was 148, which he compiled when playing for the Gentleman of Suffolk against the Gentlemen of Essex. At times he turned out for the Ipswich Town Football Club, both 1st and 2nd Elevens, but he played more regularly for the Stowmarket team. He also won some distinction as a golfer.

 

The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is part of the British Army providing medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and peace. Together with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, the RAMC forms the British Army’s essential Army Medical Services. In combat, the men followed the troops over the top into no man’s land suffering losses of 743 officers and 6130 soldiers killed, while delivering medical care to wounded exposed to enemy fire.

Rail crash reported in Daily Sketch newspaper.

THOMAS LEWIS from Ipswich also died of injuries from the same train crash.

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  • Oscar a grandson of Thomas Mortimer a businessman of Ipswich having Maltings (Thomas Mortimers Maltings Ipswich Docks), Wood Yard at Witnesham, brickmakers, and a miller, the family originate in the Wetheringsett and Ashfield cum Thorpe areas of Suffolk, to which i am very proud to be related

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