Photograph courtesy of Carol
Born: 1896, Ipswich.
Died: 18th August 1916; age 20; KiA.
Residence: 10, Dover Road, Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 3100
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Rosetta Gladwell, of 10, Dover Road, Ipswich.
1901 169, Spring Road, Ipswich.
Robert was 5 years old and living with his parents.
John Phillips Gladwell, 40, a Painter & Decorator, born Boxford, Suffolk.
Rosetta Gladwell (nee Jay), 38, born Ipswich.
1911 10, Dover Road, Ipswich.
Robert was 15 years old, a Grocer’s Help. He was living with his parents & siblings.
John, 51, a House Painter – employer.
Alice Elizabeth Gladwell, 9, born Ipswich.
George William Gladwell, 5, born Ipswich.
Robert’s father, John Phillips Gladwell died February 1915, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Rosetta Gladwell – mother.
Robert is also remembered on the war memorial at ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S CHURCH WAR MEMORIAL, Ipswich.
Photograph courtesy of Sarah Chapman.
Sarah’s Grandfather, Leslie Mann, kept the photograph of Robert Gladwell after he was killed on the front line. Leslie’s photo of his friend and fellow soldier stayed with him all his life along with all his personal mementos of his WW1 service in the 4th Suffolk’s.
Leslie emigrated to Canada in 1912. He moved to Ipswich post war after marrying a local girl, serving in the East Suffolk Constabulary as a Special Policeman in WW2 in Ipswich.
Sarah found this never seen before photo of Robert in 2015 and passed it onto the project and the family to which we are truly grateful.
Leslie Mann was mentioned in despatches for his bravery during the war.
Suffolk Regiment records show:
4th Btn. On the 18th, not long before zero hour, captain H.F. Ling was wounded, and still later, Lieut. R.D. Hume, M.C., entailing important changes in command at the last moment. Captain Ling remained in the trenches until the attack was over. Neither of the battalions on the right and left was able to make much progress. The 4th Battalion, in the centre, pushed forward. For a time two of our companies occupied Wood Lane trench, but being unsupported, and 2nd Lieut. Bedwell (the only officer to reach the trench) having been killed, it was impossible to hold on. However, considering that the battalion has attacked after four days in the front line, it was justly pleased with its work. A rough night followed, during which the battalion was relieved. Early next morning they moved to Fricourt Wood, and at sundown proceeded to a camp north-east of Meaulte, near Albert Road. The casualties on August 18th were as follows – Killed: 2nd Lieuts. V.L.S. Bedwell, H.C. Pawsey, and E. Norton, and 33 other ranks. Wounded: Captain H.F.Ling; 2nd Lieut. N.E. Suttle, and 108 other ranks. Missing: 50 other ranks. Total, 196. The 2nd battalion were seeing action at Cochrane Alley. The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914 – 1927 by Lieut.-Colonel C.C.R. Murphy (late the Suffolk Regiment)
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion: