Born: 1883, Long Melford, Suffolk.

Died: 25th March 1918; age 35; KiA.

Residence: Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: G/71820

Regiment: Duke of Cambridges’ Own (Middlesex) Regiment, 19th Battalion.


Memorial Reference:

Bay 7.

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,





1891   Crowle, Lincolnshire.


Richard was 7 years old and living with his parents, siblings & paternal aunt.

James Downey, 28, born Long Melford, Suffolk.

Annie Maria Downey (nee Murray), born Diss, Norfolk.

William James Downey, 3, born Crowle, Lincolnshire.

Annie Elizabeth Downey, 1, born Crowle, Lincolnshire.

Harriet Downey, 22, born Long Melford.


1901     Crowland Road, Haverhill, Suffolk.


Richard was 17 years old, a Hair Weaver. He was living with his parents & siblings.

James, 41, a Brickyard Labourer.

Anna, 43.

Willie, 13.

Annie, 12.

Ada Downey, 7, born Crewe, Yorkshire.

Mabel Downey, 5, born Haverhill, Suffolk.

Alice Maud Downey, 1, born Haverhill.


1911   17, Riverside Road, Ipswich.


Richard was 27 years old, a Spindle Hand – Horticultural Manufacturer. He was married & Head of the Household.

Grace, 27.

Richard, 3.

Kenneth, 1.

+ brother William, 23, an Electrician’s Labourer.


In 1906, Ipswich, Richard married Grace May Whitaker, born 1884, Waltham Abbey, Essex.

They had 3 children:

Richard John Whitaker Downey, born August 1907, Ipswich.

Kenneth Eric Downey, born July 1909, Ipswich.

Minnie Evelyn Annie Downey, born May 1911, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Grace May Downey – widow.


 Duke of Cambridges’ Own (Middlesex) Regiment, 19th Battalion:


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