Born: 1885, Witnesham, Suffolk.

Died: 23rd April 1917; age 32; KiA.

Residence: Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 40012

Regiment: Bedfordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.

Formerly 22919, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:IMG_6758

Bay 5.

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of David Barnabas & Rosanna Waspe, of Westerfield; husband of Rose Hearn (formerly Waspe), of 23, Borough Road, Ipswich.




1891   Ipswich Road, Westerfield, Suffolk.


Robert was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

David Barnabas Waspe, 37, a Manager at Coal Yard, born Henley, Suffolk.

Rosanna Waspe (nee Ramsey), born Witnesham, Suffolk.

Rose Jane Waspe, 16, a Mother’s Help, born Witnesham.

George William Waspe, 10, born Witnesham.


1901   Westerfield, Suffolk.


Robert was 16 years old, a Brewers Carter. He was living with his parents & brothers.

David, 47, a Brewers Carter.

Rose, 46.

George, 20, a Brewers Cellarman.

Lemon David Warren, 8, born Westerfield, Suffolk.


1911   304, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.


Robert was 26 years, a Platerlayer – G.E.R. He was married and Head of the Household.

Rose, 22.

Boarder Frederick William Pitt, 18 months, born Gosbeck, Suffolk.


In 1908, Ipswich, Robert married Rose Wiggins, born 1889, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Rose Waspe – widow.


Robert is also remembered on the war memorial at Westerfield, Suffolk.


Bedfordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion


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