Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1917.



Born: 1st July 1895, 113, West Stockwell Street, St. Martin’s, Colchester, Essex.

Died: 19th/20th July 1915; age 20; KiA – by the bursting of a shell whilst carrying the wounded from the field to the doctors – Hooges, Belgium.

Residence: 14, Permit Office Street, Ipswich.

Employed: at Haddock and Baines – printers & box makers, Lower Brook Street, Ipswich.

Religion: Roman Catholic.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; date: 4th April 1913.

Date of Entry Therein: 15th September 1914.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/8727

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.

In April, 1920 the 1914 Star was returned for amendment – from Montune to Motroni.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 21,

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Second son of Antonio & Carmela Motroni, of 14, Permit Office, Ipswich.






1901   14, Union Street, Ipswich.


Peter was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Antonio Motroni, 34, Building – Modeller/Plaster Moulder – own account, born Atina, Frosinone, Italy.

Carmela Motroni (nee Marcantonio), 34, born Atina, Frosinone, Italy.

Rosa Lizzie Motroni, 8, born Colchester, Essex.

Giovanni Motroni, 7, born Colchester.

Umberto Amedie Motroni, 3, born Ipswich.

Angelina Motroni, 1, born Ipswich.


1911   14, Permit Office Street, Ipswich.


Peter was 16 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his mother & siblings.

Carmela, 45 a School Caretaker.

Rosa, 19, a Domestic.

Umberto, 13, an Errand Boy.

Angelina, 11.

Adelina Motroni, 9, born Ipswich.

Antonio Motroni, 7, born Ipswich.

1 boarder.


Antonio was the son of Giovanni Mauro Motroni, of Atina, Italy.

Carmela was the daughter of Dominico Marcantonio, of Atina, Italy.


Peter was educated at St. Pancras Roman Catholic School and St. Mary’s Convent School, Ipswich.


In April 1910, Peter’s father, Antonio Motroni was admitted to a hospital in Essex. He died at the hospital in September 1911.


Soldiers’ Effects to Carmela Motroni – mother.


Peter is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Pancras Catholic Church, Ipswich.



Mrs. Motroni, 14, Permit Office Street, Ipswich, has been notified of the death of her son, Private Peter Motroni, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Lieut. C.J. Moss writes:- “It is with the deepest regret and sympathy that I am writing to inform you of the death of your son. He was killed by the bursting of a shell whilst carrying the wounded from the field to the doctors. Your son was a good worker and by his death, I lost one of my best men.”

Writing to Mrs. Motroni, Private Peter McNamee, of the same regiment, says:- “I can honestly say that the loss of his services is keenly felt, both by N.C.O.’s and men, and I thought perhaps you would like to know that he suffered no pain whatsoever. A party of his comrades laid him to rest with all due respect in a peaceful burial ground close by his headquarters, the service being conducted by Col. Clifford, an Irishman and a Catholic, and his grave will be registered by the Graves Registration Committee. He met his death in the most glorious way whilst in the execution of his duty in bringing down the wounded on the night of July 19th. Before we left the burial ground a French Socialist comrade approached his grave, and, blessing himself, reverently laid some flowers on it. I know this will be terrible to you all, but you must comfort yourself with the knowledge that he died a devout Catholic, manfully performing his duty in the best interest of the State and for the emancipation of the world from the cursed yoke of Prussian militarism.”




Mrs. Motroni, of 14, Permit Office Street, Ipswich, who is a well-known figure in the town, and at Felixstowe, is one of those mothers upon whom the war has laid its heaviest of tolls, she has now lost her three sons. Their names and regiments were:-(1) Gunner John Motroni, R.F.A., died of wounds, on July 1st, 1917, at the 91st Field Ambulance, Belgium, age 24 years, previously with Haddock and Baines. (2) Pte. Peter G. Motroni, Suffolk Regiment, killed in action July 19th, 1915, at Hooge, age 20 years, previously with Haddocks and Baines. (3) Corpl. Albert H. Motroni, Suffolk Regiment, killed in action, July 15th, 1916, on the Somme, age 18 years, previously with G.E.R. at Ipswich.

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