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.
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.
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.
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.