Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury newspaper.
Born: 10th July 1890, Ipswich.
Died: 12th January 1917; age 26; Died from severe injuries recieved in a train accident – at No. 18 General Hospital, 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.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Marie G Mortimer, of Ipswich & the late Oliver.
1891 Salisbury Villa, Orford Street, Ipswich.
Oscar was 8 months old and living with his parents & half siblings.
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
1901 70, Orford Street, Ipswich.
Oscar was 10 years old and living with his parents, brother & half siblings.
Oliver, 41, a Corn Merchant & Malster Assistant.
Arthur Arnold Mortimer, 9, born Ipswich.
Oscar’s father. Oliver Mortimer died, 1903, Ipswich.
Oscar attended 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 regulary from 1911 onwards, and was at one time secretary of the Club. Altough 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 then one 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 regulary 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 in 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 crash.