Born: 1897, Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Died: 3.30pm – 15th April 1919; age 22; Died at the 46th Stationary Hospital, Etaples – of German Measles complicated with Influenza & Broncho-Pneumonia – contracted & aggravated by exposure while on military duty.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date; 7th June 1915; Age:19 years & 2 months; Occupation: Packer; Religion: CofE. Signed up for the duration of the war. Height: 5ft & 11 inches, dark complexion, blue eyes & dark brown hair.

Embarked: Southampton – 5th February 1917 – disembarked: Havre – 6th February 1917.

Leave 12th March 1918 – 26th March 1918.

Injury 30th October 1918 – whilst playing football – accidently kicked in the ankle by an opposing player. Injury to right ankle not serious.

 Offences: 15th April 1917; Using insubordinate language to his superior officer – 7 days Field Punishment.

31st January 1918 – Parading late for morning stables – 7 days C.C.

Admitted to hospital – influenza – 25th February 1919.


Rank: Driver; Service Number: T4/238390

Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps, 512th Horse Transport Coy.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Etaples Military Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Robert Burgess Sizer & Rosine Sizer, of 1, Ridley Villas, Henniker Road, Ipswich.




1901   Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk.


Robert was 3 years old and living with his parents, brother & maternal aunt.

Robert Burgess Sizer, 34, a Coachman – Groom, born Great Oakley, Essex.

Rosina Sizer (nee Morley), 30, born Bardwell Ash, Suffolk.

Harold Sizer, 1, born Stowmarket.Harold Sizer

Justine Morley, 21, a General Domestic Servant, born Bardwell Ash.


1911   Ridley Villas, 1, Henniker Road, Ipswich.

                                                                                                              ( Photograph of  Robert’s brother, Harold Sizer taken in the 1930’s courtesy of Mrs. Vivien Stoneman)

Robert was 13 years old, an Errand Boy – Leather Merchant. He was living with his parents & brother.

Robert, 44, a Jobbing Gardener.

Rosina, 40.

Harold, 11.


On the 7th November 1919, Mr Robert Burgess Sizer received his late son’s medals.

Robert is also remembered on SPRINGFIELD SCHOOL ww1 Memorial, Ipswich.

A Family Note from Mrs. Viven Stoneman:

Robert’s brother, Harold Sizer (my Step Grandfather) signed up on 30/10/1915 at Ipswich. Attested in to Territorial Force for 4 years of service in the UK. Claimed to be 19 years old. Rank: Gunner. No: 1609. 33rd EAFA Brigade.
He was discharged on 25/2/1916 aged 16 years 4 months after having made a mis-statement as to his age on enlisting.
His Military Character: Good, during period of service of 117 days.

Royal Army Service Corps, 512th Horse Transport Coy

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