Born: 1885, Ipswich.

Died: 31st December 1917; age 32.

Enlistment Location: Scotton Camp, Yorkshire.


Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 631788

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 874th Trench Mortar Battery. Territorial Force.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:

F. 55.

Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery,





1891   6, Charles Street, Ipswich.


Victor was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John Shields Symonds, 48, a Boot Maker; born Gorleston, Norfolk.

Leah Symonds (nee Smith), 47; born Dallinghoo, Suffolk.

Eleanor Elizabeth Symonds, 21, a Nurse (domestic), born Ipswich.

Humphrey Percy Symonds, 20, a Letter Carrier, born Ipswich.

Kate Charlotte Symonds, 14, Mother’s Help, born Ipswich.

John Charles Symonds, 13, born Ipswich.

Frank William Symonds, 11, born Ipswich.

Mabel Symonds, 9, born Ipswich.

Archibald Benham Symonds, 7, born Ipswich.


1901   6, Charles Street, Ipswich.


Victor was 16 years old, a Confectioner’s Assistant in a sweet shop. He was living with his parents & siblings.

John, 59, Shoe & Boot Maker.

Leah, 58.

Humphrey, 29, a Letter Carrier.

Kate, 24.

John, 23, a French Polisher.

Frank, 21, a Chemist Assistant.

Mabel, an Upholstress.

Archibald, 17, a Tinker.


1911   14, Charles Street, Ipswich.


Victor was 27 years old, a Packer. He was living with his mother & siblings.

Leah, 68.

John, 33, a French Polisher.

Frank, 31, a Chemist Manager.

Mabel, 29, an Upholsterer.


In 1914, Ipswich, Victor married, Kate Beatrice Ditcham, born 1884, Ipswich. They had 2 sons:

Humphrey James Symonds, born June 1916, Ipswich.

Douglas John Charles Symonds, born 1918, Ipswich died 27th August 1945, Cologne, Germany, aged 27. He was Lance Corporal, 139083, in the Royal Army Service Corps.


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


 Royal Field Artillery

874th Trench Mortar Battery. Territorial Force

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