Born: 11th May 1890, Ness Farm, Erwarton, Suffolk.

Died: 8th May 1915; age: 24; KiA at Ypres.

Reported missing 8th May 1915 – Killed on that day.

Residence: Ness Farm, Erwarton, Suffolk.

Occupation: Farmer’s Son.

Stanley received his commission on the 2nd November 1914.


Date of Entry Therein: April 1915.


Rank: Second Lieutenant.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion, attached 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 21.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,






1891   Ness Farm, Erwarton, Suffolk.


Stanley was 10 months old and living with his parents & siblings.

Walter Wrinch, 44, a Farmer and Merchant – employer, born Erwarton.

Edith Wrinch (nee Walker), 38, born Chelmondiston, Suffolk.

Evelyn Wrinch, 10, born Erwarton.

Arthur Wrinch, 7, born Erwarton.

Donald James Wrinch, 5, born Erwarton.

Ethel Mary Wrinch, 3, born Erwarton.

1 cook.

1 nursemaid.


1901   Ipswich School, Henley Road, Ipswich.


Stanley was 10 years old, and he and his 15 year old brother, Donald were Scholars and boarders at the school.


1911   Ness Farm, Erwarton, Suffolk.


Stanley was 20 years old, a Farmer’s Son. He was living with his parents & sister.

Walter, 64, a Farmer – employer.

Edith, 58.

Ethel, 23, a Farmer’s Daughter.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


Stanley’s father, Walter Wrinch died January 1915, at Erwarton, Suffolk. A well-known and highly respected agriculturist of Suffolk. He had succeeded his father, as a Farmer on a very large scale. His keen business abilities not only found scope in the management of several farms but in a big London trade in hay and straw, with several barges plying from the Orwell to the Thames.


Stanley was educated at Ipswich School – entered 1900.


Mrs. Edith Wrinch, of The Cottage, 26, Henley Road, Ipswich, applied for the 1915 Star in respect of her late son – 22nd February 1920.


Soldiers’ Effects to Grantees – Sydney Walter Wrinch Esq. & Arthur Winch Esq. – brothers.


Stanley is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Erwarton, and on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School.

Also at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Church Lane, Ewarton, Suffolk, Stanley is remembered with a window of three lights, by his parents, Walter & Edith Wrinch. The left light depicts St. Alban, the first-recorded British Christian martyr, and the badge of the Suffolk Regiment. The centre light depicts St. George and the crucifixion of Christ. The right light depicts St. Edmund and the Ipswich School crest. The stained glass window was made by James Powell & Sons (White Friars)Ltd., of London, and reads from left to right – Truth Righteous – Peace Faith/Greater Love Hath No Man Than This – Salvation Spirit/ Schola Regla Gippesviceusis. The window is dedicated To The Glory Of God And In The Memory Of Stanley Wrinch, 2nd Lieutenant, Suffolk Regiment. Youngest Son Of Walter Wrinch And Edith His Wife. Killed In Action At Ypres, 8th May 1915, Aged 24.




Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion. 84th Brigade

The Second Battle of Ypres was underway and the 1st Battalion was to suffer over a thousand casualties in six weeks with fierce fighting along the Salient. The Battle of Frezenberg Ridge and Bellewaarde Ridge were to take its toll on the 1st Battalion. At 10:00 a.m. on the 8th May, the attack began with heavy shelling from both sides of all calibre, then came a cloud of yellow-green poison gas that drifted through the British lines. Blinded and choking men continued to fight on still under a hail of bullets and shell fire. The shelling had cut most of the communication wires, with little information passing through. The exposed roads gave little shelter for the limited supply line. The German attack had overwhelmed the British, by noon the Battalion had 400 casualties with 12 Ipswich men dead and more to be killed or die of wounds in the following weeks.

Suffolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion, attached 1st Battalion

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

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