Born: 15th September 1890,  St. Mary le Tower, Ipswich.

Died: 21st October 1915; age 25; Died of Wounds at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Folkestone, Kent. Gun shot wound to the skull, temple & face – 8th September 1915. Served 1 year & 24 days.


Enlisted: 8th December 1908; Age: 18 years & 1 month; Occupation: Skilled Labourer. Height: 5ft 4 ins. Tattoo of an anchor right forearm. Leicestershire Regiment, 3rd Battalion. Injury – 15th September 1909 – on Parade – a spin of left foot during drill – mild injury – soldier not to blame.

Discharged 1st July 1914 – by purchased –  served 5 years & 206 days. Character on discharged – Good.


Re- Enlistment Details: Location: Grays, Essex; Date: 28th September 1914; age 24 years & 14 days; Occupation: Barman; Religion: Congregationalist. Next of Kin: Abraham Ruffles, 95, Tower Terrace, Ipswich. Signed up for 1 year. Height: 5ft 6 1/2 ins, grey eyes & light brown hair.

Date of Entry Therein: 11th January 1915 – France.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 12647

Regiment: Leicestershire Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:IMG_6717

Ipswich Old Cemetery,




1891   47, St. George’s Street, Ipswich.


Victor was 6 months old and living with his mother & maternal grandparents.

William Wells, 64, a Jobbing Gardener, born Stonham, Suffolk.

Mary Wells, 64, born Great Finborough, Suffolk.

Eliza Wells, 26, a Corset Maker, born Whitton, Suffolk.


1901  61, Tower Ramparts, Ipswich.


Victor was 10 years old and living with his parents, sister at the home of his paternal grandmother.

Hannah Cage, 65, a widow, a Laundress, born Sudbury, Suffolk.

Abraham Ruffles, 39, a Cloth Presser – Tailor, born Sudbury, Suffolk.

Eliza Wells, 36, a Stay Machinist.

Ida Mary Ruffles Wells, 5, born Ipswich.


1911   95, Tower Ramparts, Ipswich.


Victor was 20 years old and living with his parents, sister & grandmother.

Abraham, 50, a Tailor & Presser – Philip & Pipers.

Eliza, 46, a Machinist – Corset – W. Pretty & Co.

Ida, 15, a Domestic.

Hannah Cage, 76, a Laundress.

 The War Office would not send Abraham Ruffles’s his son’s medals, questioning the differences in surnames. Abraham wrote politely back to explain why his son Victor had a different surname to his own and to assure the War Office Victor was and always would be his son.

 Abraham Ruffles received his son’s 14-15 Star 22nd February 1921. Then on the 24th October 1921 the Victory & British medals were sent to the family home of 95, Tower Terrace, Ipswich.


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