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Born: 1886, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Died: 22nd April 1917; age 32; Died of Wounds – Gaza, Palestine.

Residence: Shanghai, China.

Occupation: with the Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society, Shanghai, China.


Terrance first did duty with the local volunteers. In December 1914, Terrance voluntarily returned to England in order to join the Army. He was gazetted to the Norfolk Regiment in early 1915. After training he volunteered for special duty at the front.


Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: Norfolk Regiment, 1st/5th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:

XXX. G. 16.

Gaza War Cemetery,

Israel & Palestine (including Gaza).


Relatives Notified and Address: Son of A. W. Read, of “Boscombe” 92, Christchurch Street, Ipswich.




1891   Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk.


Terrance was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Alfred William Read, 35, a Miller & Corn Merchant; born Wrentham, Suffolk

Fanny Maria Read (nee Capon), 31; born Westleton, Suffolk.

Robert Alfred Read, 3, born Woodbridge.

Jack Trevett Read, 2, born Woodbridge.

Olive Mary Read, 6 months, born Woodbridge.

1 ladies help

1 servant.


1901   Theatre Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk.


Terrance was 14 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Alfred, 46, a Miller & Corn Merchant, an employer.

Fanny, 42.

Robert, 13.

Jack, 12.

Olive, 10.

Muriel May Read, 8, Woodbridge.

Christobel Dorothy Read, 5, born Woodbridge.

1 governess

1 servant.


1911   2, Rutland Street, Norwich, Norfolk.


Terrance was 24 years old and a Clerk in a fire office. He was a boarder to Mrs Elizabeth M. A. Dyball a widow living from private means.

1 servant.


Terrance was educated at Woodbridge Grammar School and at Norwich. After Woodbridge Grammar School he entered the service of the Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society, in 1902. He was sent out to Shanghai in 1912, to fill an important position at the Society’s branch there. The ability he had shown in the Far East he had been marked out for further promotion at the close of hostilities.

Whilst in Shanghai, Terrance was a member of the local volunteer force – Mounted Infantry.

Terrance was a well-known polo player.

Terrance’s paternal uncle Robert John Read was Sheriff of Norwich 1912 – 1913.


On the 27th February 1922, Alfred Read of ‘Boscombe’ 92, Christchurch Street, Ipswich, received his late son’s medals.


Probate to Alfred William Read – father, a gentleman.


Soldiers’ Effects to Alfred William Read – father.


Norwich Union, Staff Magazine – 1920 – OUR HONOURED DEAD

TERRANCE CAPON READ – born at Melton, Woodbridge, educated at Woodbridge Grammar School, where he made a name as both a scholar and athlete, “Terry” Read entered the service of the Society in early manhood. It was not long before his sterling qualities as a sportsman attracted the attention of the athletic members of Staff, and Terry Read became a regular player for the excellent football team which then represented the Office. The writer of this appreciation had unique opportunities of knowing him, sharing the same rooms, the same joys, and the same ups and downs for several years. He was an absolutely reliable and unflinchingly loyal friend.

As in sport, so in business, Terry Read made good. He was eventually transferred to Shanghai to manage the Insurance Department of our Agents, Messrs. Fearon, Daniel, & Co. War broke out, and Terry Read came home.

His enthusiastic patriotism meeting with many rebuffs at the hands of the military authorities, he went direct to the War Office, and, greatly daring, asked for his commission. A wordy warfare ensued, but Terry Read eventually emerged triumphantly from the building, his commission – his passport to eternity, as it turned out – in his pocket.

Doubtless his Territorial training in the years before the War stood him in good stead, for he was soon in the thick of the Palestine fighting, where he was as highly esteemed by officers and men alike as he had always been by his old colleagues at Head Office.

He was killed at Gaza, playing the game to the last.



Suffolk and Essex Free Press – 2nd May 1917


Second Lieutenant Terrance Capon Read, Norfolk Regiment, reported killed on April 27, was 32 years of age and the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Read, of Ipswich and Woodbridge, Suffolk, and nephew of Mr. Robert John Read, of Norwich, formerly High Sheriff of Norfolk. He was educated at Woodbridge Grammar School and Norwich. For many years before the war he was a resident in Shanghai, where he was a member of the local volunteer force (mounted infantry) and a well-known polo player. At the outbreak of war, he did duty with the local volunteers until he was able to proceed to England in December 1914. He was gazetted to the Norfolk Regiment early in 1915, and after completing his training volunteered for special duty at the front. Mr Read’s younger brother is serving with the West Yorks Regiment.

Terrance’s Victory, British War medals, orders and decorations were sold at Spink Auctions, Bloomsbury, London for £170.

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


 Norfolk Regiment, 1st/5th Battalion

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