Photograph courtesy of Samantha Parker


Born: 30th March 1883, Ipswich.

Died: 19th November 1914; age 31; Died of Wounds – Bailleul.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 15th August 1914.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 6243

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


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


Grave Reference:


Bailleul Communal Cemetery,





1891   38, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.


Robert was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Samuel Charles Spalding, 36, a Sailor, born Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Jane Martha Spalding (nee Damant), 35, born Stowmarket, Suffolk.

William Spalding, 12, born Ipswich.

Kate Eveline Spalding, 1 month, born Ipswich.


1901   38, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.


Robert was 17 years old, a Carter – Farm. He was living with his mother, step-father & siblings.

George Henry Barnard, 46, a General Labourer, born Norfolk.

Jane Barnard, 46.

Samuel Robert J. Spalding, 26, a Sailor – Sea, born Ipswich.

John Damant Spalding, 24, a Sailor – Sea, born Ipswich.

Kate, 11.

Elsie Emily Spalding, 9, born Ipswich.

Ivy Winifred Spalding, 6, born Ipswich.

Lilian Rose Spalding, 4, born Ipswich.


1911   25, Wingfield Street, Ipswich.


Robert was 27 years old, a Grain Weigher – Granary & Corn Merchant. He was married and Head of the Household.

Louisa, 26.

Robert, 5.

Kate, 4.

Ivy, 2.

Cyril, 1.

Edna, 4 months.


In 1904, Ipswich, Robert married Louisa Parker, born 1885, Ipswich. They had 9 children:

Robert Charles Spalding, born 1905, Ipswich.

Kate Louisa Spalding, born 1907, Ipswich.

Ivy Winifred Spalding, born 1908, Ipswich.

Cyril Jack Spalding, born 1909, Ipswich.

Edna May Spalding, 1911, Ipswich.

Emily Spalding, 1912, Ipswich.

Olive Maud Spalding, 1913, Ipswich.

William Frederick Spalding, 1914, Ipswich.

Francis Monns Spalding, 1915, Ipswich.


Robert’s father, Samuel Charles Spalding died 1897, Ipswich.


Robert’s mother Jane re-married in 1899, Ipswich to George Henry Barnard, 1856, Norfolk.


Robert’s mother, Jane Martha Barnard, was admitted to hospital on the 3rd June 1901, she died at the hospital on the 18th July 1901.


Soldiers’ Effects to Louisa Spalding – widow.

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