image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper
Born: 1897, Stoke, Ipswich.
Died: 18th August 1916; age 19; Died of Wounds.
Residence: 90, Bath Street, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Colchester, Essex.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 200263
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Formerly 1755, Suffolk Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Walter Edmund & Jane J. Fiddaman.
1901 103, Harland Street, Ipswich.
Walter was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Walter Edmund Fiddaman, 31, an Iron Driller, born Orford, Suffolk.
Jane Jemima Fiddaman (nee Page), 38, born Hadleigh, Suffolk.
Jane Eveline Page Fiddaman, 8, born Ipswich.
Constance Violet Fiddaman, 6, born Ipswich.
Clarence Walter R. Fiddaman, 5, born Ipswich.
William James Fiddaman, 2, born Ipswich.
Winifred Alice Fiddaman, 9 months, born Ipswich.
1911 90, Bath Street, Ipswich.
Walter was 14 years old, an Errand Boy – Green Grocer. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Walter, 42, a Boiler Maker – Iron Foundry.
Clarence, 15, an Errand Boy – Carrier.
Gladys Florence Fiddaman, 6, born Ipswich.
Robert Henry Fiddaman, 4, born Ipswich.
Leslie Hubert Fiddaman, 1, born Ipswich.
Walter 2nd on the left, standing.
Soldiers’ Effects to Jane J. Fiddaman – mother.
Walter is also remembered on St Mary at Stoke Church Ipswich, War Memorial.
Walter’s brother, Reginald Thomas Fiddaman was KiA in the Second World War against the Japanese at Braddell Road, Singapore on the 13th February 1942. Reginald was 29 years old, a Private in the 1st battalion of the Cambridgeshire Regiment, service number 5833690. He was laid to rest at Kranji West Cemetery, Singapore.
Suffolk Regiment records show:
4th Btn. On the 18th, not long before zero hour, captain H.F. Ling was wounded, and still later, Lieut. R.D. Hume, M.C., entailing important changes in command at the last moment. Captain Ling remained in the trenches until the attack was over. Neither of the battalions on the right and left was able to make much progress. The 4th Battalion, in the centre, pushed forward. For a time two of our companies occupied Wood Lane trench, but being unsupported, and 2nd Lieut. Bedwell (the only officer to reach the trench) having been killed, it was impossible to hold on. However, considering that the battalion has attacked after four days in the front line, it was justly pleased with its work. A rough night followed, during which the battalion was relieved. Early next morning they moved to Fricourt Wood, and at sundown proceeded to a camp north-east of Meaulte, near Albert Road. The casualties on August 18th were as follows – Killed: 2nd Lieuts. V.L.S. Bedwell, H.C. Pawsey, and E. Norton, and 33 other ranks. Wounded: Captain H.F.Ling; 2nd Lieut. N.E. Suttle, and 108 other ranks. Missing: 50 other ranks. Total, 196. The 2nd battalion were seeing action at Cochrane Alley.
The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914 – 1927 by Lieut.-Colonel C.C.R. Murphy (late the Suffolk Regiment)