Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph

Born: 14th February 1897, Ipswich.

Died: 30th December 1915; age 18; H.M.S. ‘Natal’, killed by an internal explosion at anchor, Cromarty Firth, Scotland.

Residence: Ipswich.

Occupation: Office Messenger.

Enlistment Details: Location: Chatham. Height in October 1912 – 5ft 5ins – height at 18 years – 5ft 9 1/2ins, fresh complexion, fair hair & blue eyes.

Signed up for 12 years on his 18th birthday – 14th February 1915.



Ganges – 29th October 1912 – 7th March 1913 – Boy II.

Ganges – 8th March 1913 – Boy II.

Ganges – 21st April 1913 – 21st April 1913 – Boy I.

Crescent – 22nd April 1913 – 21st – August 1913 – Boy I.

Pembroke I – 22nd August 1913 – 10th September 1913 – Boy I.

Natal – 11th September 1913.

Natal – 14th February 1915 – 20th December 1915 – Ordinary Seaman.


Rank: Ordinary Seaman; Royal Navy, Official Number Port Division: J.20701 (Ch).

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Natal.’


Memorial Reference.

Panel 10

Chatham Naval Memorial,



Relatives Notified and Address: Father: 27, St George’s Street, Ipswich.






1901   West View, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.


Samuel was 4 years old and living with his parents, siblings & stepbrother.

Samuel Aldous, 52, a Bricklayer, born Stadbroke, Suffolk.

Elizabeth Aldous (nee Dunnett), 44, born Denham, Suffolk.

Mabel Annie Aldous, 17, a Tailoress, born Stradbroke.

Sidney John Aldous,15, a Bricklayers Assistant, born Stadbroke.

Florence Elizabeth Aldous, 12, born East Bergholt, Suffolk.

Ethel Alice Aldous, 10, born Ipswich.

Ernest Samuel Aldous, 8, born Ipswich.

Frederick Dunnett, 21, a Bricklayers Labourer, born Billingford, Norfolk.


1911   27, St George’s Street, Ipswich.


Samuel was 14 years old, a Telegraph Messenger – Postal. He was living with his parents, sisters & stepbrother.

Samuel, 48, a Bricklayer – Builder.

Elizabeth, 54.

Ethel, 20, Assisting at home.

Hilda Mary Aldous, 9, born Ipswich.

Frederick Dunnett, 31, a Bricklayers Labourer.


Samuel is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich.


H.M.S. ‘Natal’

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