Born: 1881, St. Michael’s, Ipswich.

Died: 15th March 1921; age 39; died of Bronchitis and Emphysema (Pulmonary) – considerable duration.

Informat: sister – Jessie Howard, of 446, Foxhall Road, Ipswich..

Residence: Lodging House, 124, Fore Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: a General Labourer.

First enlistment: in 1899, age 19 years. Served in the South African Campaign as Private, 5482, for the Essex Regiment, 1st Battalion. Awarded the 1901 S.A. Clasp and 1902 S.A. Clasp. Served 8 years and 4 years reserve.

Second enlistment: 18th August 1914, age 33, a labourer. Next of Kin: Sister – Jessie Howard, of 446, Foxhall Road, Ipswich. Served as a Private, service number 3/9194 with the Suffolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion. Discharged 2nd September 1914 due to epilepsy. Served 16 days.

Third enlistment: 24th September 1914, age 33 and 2 months, a Labourer for Christie & Sons, residence: 74, St. George’s Street, Ipswich. Served as a Private, 4/2274 with the Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion. Discharged unfit 27th November 1914. Served 65 days.

Fourth enlistment: Location Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, on the 7th February 1916, age 34 years & 6 months, a Labourer, religion CofE. Next of Kin – sister – Jessie Howard, of 446, Foxhall Road. Signed up for the duration of the war. Height: 5ft 8 1/2ins, blue eyes, brown hair and Buffalo Bill tattoos on upper left arm. Served as a Private, service number 26819 with the Suffolk Regiment.

Mobilised 24th March 1916.

Posted to the 10th Battalion – 27th March 1916.

Posted to the 3rd Battalion – 8th April 1916

Overseas service in France – 14th July 1916.

Posted to the 7th (Service) Battalion – 22nd July 1916.

10th August 1916 – No.15 Ambulance Train – Sick.

Sent to England 15th August 1916 aboard H.M.H.S ‘Asturias.’

Discharged after an epileptic fit which left an impediment in his speech.

Fifth enlistment: Location: Ipswich, date: 26th March 1918, age 37 years & 8 months, a discharged soldier. Next of Kin – sister – Jessie Howard, of 446, Foxhall Road, Ipswich. Served as a Private, service number 286829, for the Royal Garrison Artillery. Discharged with an illness on the 19th August 1918. Served 147 days – not overseas. Character – good. Weekly pension 13/9, to be re-viewed after 13 weeks. Silver War Badge issued – number B72205.

Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 286829

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, 2nd Depot.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War + Silver War Badge.


Grave Reference:IMG_6717

H. 27. 54.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Joseph & Mary Ann Worth of Ipswich.




1891   Stanwells Terrace, 8, Leonard’s Road, Colchester, Essex.


Walter was 9 years old and living with his father & siblings.

Joseph Bird Worth, 49, a widower, a Foundry Labourer, born Ipswich.

Jessie Elizabeth Worth, 15, a Domestic Servant, born Ipswich.

Beatrice Alice Worth, 12, born Ipswich.

Ada Violet Worth, 11, born Ipswich.

Albert George Worth, 6, born Ipswich.

Lily May Worth, 4, Ipswich.


1911   10, New Street, Ipswich.


Walter was 29 years old, a Dock Labourer. He was a Lodger at a lodging house with 29 other lodgers.


Walter’s mother was Mary Ann Worth (nee Borrett), born 1852, Eye, Suffolk – died in 1888, Colchester, Essex.

 Walter’s father Joseph Bird Worth died in 1892, Colchester, Essex.


Mrs Jessie Howard signed & received her brother Walter’s Victory & British War medals on the 28th August 1922.


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