Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury newspaper – 1917.

Known as Stanley.

Born: 1896, St. Mary Quay, Ipswich.

Died: 14th January 1916; age 20; KiA by a rifle grenade from the enemy’s trenches.

E.A.D.T. – Friday, 21st January 1916 – THREE IPSWICH SOLDIERS BURIEDAt a cemetery in France on Sunday were interred the remains of Lance Corporal Wilfred Sidney Elmer, a single man, of 14, Cromwell Street, Lance Corporal Albert Edward Pallant, a married man, of Bramford Lane, and Private Robert Powell, a single man, of Tooley Street, three Ipswich members of the 4th Suffolks, who were killed in action by a rifle grenade from the enemy’s trenches on the 14th January. The English Burial Service was rendered at the graveside, and the graves will be turfed and properly marked by their comrades. The case of the married man is made more sad by the fact that his period of service would have expired and he would have been sent back to his wife and family in a fortnight. All three had won the highest reputation as good soldiers – men who always did their duty, and were an excellent example to their comrades. Private A. C. Gage, was on Saturday removed to hospital, wounded.

Residence: Trafalgar Buildings, Tooley Street, Ipswich.

Employed: Messrs. Ransomes, Simms & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 1st March 1915 – France.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2762

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,





1901   Trafalgar Buildings, Ipswich.


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

Edward Sidney Powell, 47, a Brickmaker, born Aldham, Suffolk.

Eliza Laura Powell (nee Stowe), 34, born Ipswich.

Rosetta Laura Powell, 14, born Ipswich.

Ethel May Powell, 11, born Ipswich.

Edward Sidney Powell, 9, born Ipswich.

Alfred William Powell, 6, born Ipswich.

Francis Victor Powell, 3, born Ipswich.

Winifred Doris Powell, 5 months, Born Ipswich.


1911   1, Trafalgar Buildings, Shire Hall Yard, Ipswich.


Robert was 15 years old, a Fitter – Plough Works. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Edward, 56, a Carman – Coal.

Eliza, 43.

Alfred, 16, a Painter – Plough Works.

Francis, 13.

Daisy Alice Powell, 9, born Ipswich.

Elsie Helena Powell, 4, born Ipswich.

Alexandra Maud Powell, 6, born Ipswich.

Herbert Baden Powell, 3, born Ipswich.

Albert Edward Powell, 2, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Eliza L. Powell – mother.


Robert is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary at the Quay Church, Ipswich and the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.

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