image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1896, Ipswich.

Died: 1st August 1917; age 21; KiA.

Residence: 11, Devonshire Road, Ipswich.

Employed: Butcher’s for Mr. Wright – butchers, at St. Helen’s Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: 4861.

Regiment: The Rifle Brigade, 3rd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 46 – 48 & 50.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,




Uncle to JAMES WALTER MARTIN – KiA during WW2, aged 16.




1901   2, Portman Road, Ipswich.


Walter was 5 years old and living with his mother & sisters.

Emma Jane Burgess (nee Jordan), a Laundress, 25, born Ipswich.

Mabel Emily Burgess, 2, born Ipswich.

Celia Burgess, 1, born Ipswich.


In 1901, at Hebburn, Newcastle on Tyne, Walter’s father was part of the crew on board S.S.’Onyx’ of Ipswich – Coasting Trade. Master Henry Robert Jaggs.

Walter James Burgess, 26, a Fireman, born Ipswich.


1911   11, Devonshire Road, Ipswich.


Walter was 15 years old, an Errand Boy – Butcher’s. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Walter, 36, a Mariner – Stoker – Manure & Chemical Works.

Emily, 35.

Mabel, 12.

Celia, 11.

Ernest Joseph Burgess, 9, born Ipswich.

Elsie Alice Burgess, 6, born Ipswich.

Beatrice Alice Burgess, 4, born Ipswich.

Albert Edward Burgess, 2, born Ipswich.

William George Burgess, 4 months, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Walter J. Burgess – father.


Walter is also remembered on the war memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich.


The Rifle Brigade, 3rd Battalion:


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