Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1916.




Born: 1898, Ipswich.

Died: 15th July 1916: age: 18; KiA at the Battle of the Somme.

Evening Star – Thursday, 10th August 1916 – Mrs. Motroni of 14, Permit Office Street, Ipswich, has received official notification of the death of her son, Corporal Albert Herbert Motroni, of the Suffolk Regiment, who was killed in action on the 15th July. Mrs. Motroni who lost another son last year has also received a letter from Captain Harold Pretty sympathising with her in her loss.

Residence: 14, Permit Office Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: an Assistant Porter, for Great Eastern Railways, Ipswich. Entered the company on the 1st July 1913.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: 7th October 1913.


Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.


Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 1756

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 1C & 2A,

Thiepval Memorial,








1901   14, Union Street, Ipswich.


Umberto was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Antonio Motroni, 34, Building – Modeller/Plaster Moulder – own account, born Atina, Frosinone, Italy.

Carmela Motroni (nee Marcantonio), 34, born Atina, Frosinone, Italy.

Rosa Lizzie Motroni, 8, born Colchester, Essex.

Giovanni Motroni, 7, born Colchester.

Peter George D. Motroni, 5, born Colchester.

Angelina Motroni, 1, born Ipswich.


1911   14, Permit Office Street, Ipswich.


Umberto was 13 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his mother & siblings.

Carmela, 45 a School Caretaker.

Rosa, 19, a Domestic.

Peter, 16, an Errand Boy.

Angelina, 11.

Adelina Motroni, 9, born Ipswich.

Antonio Motroni, 7, born Ipswich.

1 boarder.


Antonio was the son of Giovanni Mauro Motroni, of Atina, Italy.

Carmela was the daughter of Dominico Marcantonio, of Atina, Italy.


Umberto was educated at St. Pancras Roman Catholic School and St. Mary’s Convent School, Ipswich.


In April 1910, Umberto’s father, Antonio Motroni was admitted to a hospital in Essex. He died in the hospital in September 1911.


Umberto is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Pancras Catholic Church, Ipswich and the Great Eastern Railway war memorial, Liverpool Street Station, London.


Mrs. Motroni, of 14, Permit Office Street, Ipswich, who is a well-known figure in the town, and at Felixstowe, is one of those mothers upon whom the war has laid its heaviest of tolls, she has now lost her three sons. Their names and regiments were:-(1) Gunner John Motroni, R.F.A., died of wounds, July 1st, 1917, at the 91st Field Ambulance, Belgium, age 24 years, previously with Haddock and Baines. (2) Pte. Peter G. Motroni, Suffolk Regiment, killed in action July 19th, 1915, at Hooge, age 20 years, previously with Haddocks and Baines. (3) Corpl. Albert H. Motroni, Suffolk Regiment, killed in action, July 15th, 1916, on the Somme, age 18 years, previously with G.E.R. at Ipswich.

The Somme Offensive Day 15

The battle of the Bazentin Ridge and the attack on High Wood.

The 4th Battalion the Suffolk’s 15th July 1916 regimental records:

While the 4th Battalion was moving through Becordel to the position between Fricourt and Mametz where they bivouacked during the night of July 14th-15th, the battle of the Bazentin Ridge was raging in all its fury. They were not destined, however, to remain long thus upon the fringe of the hostilities, and at dawn went out under the command of Major H.C.Copeman D.S.O to support the 1st Middlesex Regiment in an attack on Switch trench. After severe fighting, a line immediately in front of the Village of Bazentin-le-Petit was taken up and held for the remainder of the day. The casualties in the battalion exceeded two hundred.

This is the highest death rate of the war for Ipswich. 17 men.


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