Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.


Born: 1879, St. Peter’s, Ipswich.

Died: 20th April 1919; age: 40. Served 3 years & 62 days.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 13478.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, ‘B’ Coy, 8th Battalion.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 5th September 1914; Age: 35 years & 4 months; Occupation: Labourer; Religion: CofE. Signed up for the Duration of the War. Next of Kin: sister – Alice Gill, 19, Croft Street, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 4 ins, sallow complexion, brown eyes & dark hair.

Date of Entry Therein: 31st August 1915 – France.



Joined at Shoreham.

Home: 5th September 1914 – 30th August 1915.

France: 31st August 1915 – 22nd September 1916.

Home: 23rd September 1916 – 21st March 1917.

France: 22nd March 1917 – 30th August 1917.

Home: 31st August 1917 – 5th November 1917.


Wounded: Gun Shot Wound – back – 24th September 1916 – 13th November 1916 – 50 days.


Discharged: Physically unfit – 5th November 1917. Originated August 1917 – not the result of but aggravated by active and ordinary military service.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War & 1915 Star + Silver War Badge.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles Smith.




1881   Wherstead Road, Ipswich.


Walter was 2 years old and living with his parents, siblings & step brother at the home of his maternal grandparents.

John Burgess, 70, a Farm Labourer, born Chelmondiston, Suffolk.

Hannah Burgess, 70, born Chelmondiston.

Charles Smith, 34, an Oil Cake Presser, born Ipswich.

Hannah Smith (nee Burgess(1st marriage Collins)), 45, born Chelmondiston.

Frederick Collins, 9, born Ipswich.

Charles Smith, 9, born Ipswich.

Alice Eleanor Smith, 4, born Ipswich.


1891   29, Station Street, Ipswich.


Walter was 11 years old and living with his parents, step brother, siblings & cousin.

Charles, 43, a Pressman – Oil Mill.

Hannah, 56.

Charles, 19, a Labourer – Oil Mill.

Fred, 19, a Foundry Man.

Alice, 13, a Mother’s Help.

Harry Holloway, 14, a Printer’s Labourer, born Sheerness, Kent.


1901   29, Station Street, Ipswich.


Walter was 21 years old, a Bricklayer. He was living with his widowed mother & niece.

Hannah, 67, a Laundress – own account – at home.

Eliza Smith, 8, born Ipswich.

1 lodger.

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