Photograph courtesy of Jamie.


Born: 18th December 1881, Bulwer Road, Ipswich.

Died: 29th September 1915; age 33; KiA.

Residence: 37, Victoria Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 27th December 1914 – France.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 3/9329

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 21.                                                                               

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Edith Gertrude M. Trenter, of 37, Victoria Street, Ipswich.




1891   78, Handford Road, Ipswich.


Thomas was 9 years old and living with his widowed mother.

Maria Aldridge (nee Trenter), 27, a Corset Maker, born Ipswich.


1901   St. Peter’s Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands.


Thomas was 21 years old, a Soldier ranked Private for the Suffolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion.


1911   37, Victoria Street, Ipswich.


Thomas was 29 years old, a Maltster’s Labourer. He was married and head of the household.

Edith, 27.

Thomas, 8.

Herbert, 6.

Stanley, 5.

Reginald, 3.

Hector, 2.

Frederick, 1.

Frances, 2 months.

& niece Ivy Potter, 2, born Ipswich.


In 1902, Ipswich Thomas married Edith Gertrude Maud Potter, born January 1882, Stowmarket, Suffolk – daughter of Henry Alfred Potter, a horseman on the Great Eastern Railway, and Sarah Ann Potter (nee Nunn), of 205, Ranelagh Road, Stoke, Ipswich.

Edith and Thomas had ten children:

Thomas Frank Frederick Trenter, born August 1902, Ipswich.

Herbert Henry William Trenter, born Christmas Eve, 1904, Ipswich.

Stanley Russell Trenter, born December 1905, Ipswich.

Reginald Claude Trenter, born April 1907, Ipswich.

Hector Morris Trenter, born 1909, Ipswich.

Frederick Charles Trenter, born February 1910, Colchester, Essex.

Frances Gwendoline Trenter, born January 1911, Ipswich.

Edna M. Trenter, born 1913 – 1914, Ipswich.

Leonard E. Trenter, born 1914 – 1915, Ipswich.

Dorothy E. Trenter, born 1915 – 1917, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Edith G. M. Trenter – widow.


Thomas is also remembered on the war memorial at the Presbyterian Church formerly on London Road, Ipswich.


Suffolk reg

 Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion:

On the 25th of September, a second attack on Bellewaarde was made by the 3rd Division. With an attack launched from Railway Wood to Sanctuary Wood. Half of the 2nd Battalion took up positions in front of Sanctuary Wood with the other half of the 2nd Battalion in support, after the main action. On the 26th time was taken to refortify the positions. A day after large underground mine was fired by the enemy under the 4th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. Straight after this Captain Wynn and several men moved out to take the crater and repel the enemy’s counterattack, this was hampered by a short supply of bombs (hand grenades) the fight continued for several days, with many casualties, Captain Wynn, Lieutenant Deck, killed and four other officers wounded including Captain N.R. Mossop as well as several other ranks.

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

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