WILLIAM ALBERT COLEMAN*

 

Birth: 4th May 1886, Ipswich.

Died: 24th January 1915; age 29; Died of Fever at the Prisoner of War camp – Gustrow, Mecklenburg, Germany.

Enlisted: 10th May 1906.

Date of Entry Therein: 20th August 1914.

Taken prisoner at Ypres – 4th November 1914.

 

Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: 7512

Regiment: King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 1st Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & the 1914 Star + Clasp.

 

Grave Reference:

III.A.5.

Hamburg Cemetery,

Germany.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Albert & Emily Coleman, of Ipswich; husband of Laura Baker (formerly Coleman), of 15, Ladysmith Road, Eltham, Kent.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   7, Handford Cut West, Ipswich.

 

William was 4 years old and living with his parents & sister.

Albert William Coleman, 28, a Bricklayer, born Ipswich.

Emily Martha Coleman (nee Whitmore), 27, born Tuddenham, Suffolk.

Lilian Maud Coleman, 6, born Ipswich.

 

1901   4, Gibbons Street, Ipswich.

 

William was 14 years old, a Bricklayer’s Apprentice. He was living with his parents & sisters.

Albert, 38, a Bricklayer.

Emily, 36.

Lillie, 16, a Tailoress.

Olive Blanche Coleman, 7, born Ipswich.

 

1911   66, Bouverie Road, West, Folkstone, Kent.

 

William was 24 years old, a Soldier, ranked Rifleman. He was a Domestic Valet to 33 year old, Army Captain Alexander Robert Leith & family. He was 1 of 5 servants – the Domestic Housemaid was 24 year old, Laura Harriet Holdstock.

 

On the 18th October 1913, at St. Luke’s Church, Woodside, South Norwood, South East London, 27 year old, William, a warehouseman, of Selby Abbey, Yorkshire, married 26 year old, Laura Harriet Holdstock, of 19, Southcote Road, Woodside, born  June 1887, Penge, Kent, daughter of James Holdstock, a Clerk.

They had 1 daughter:

Evelyn Laura Coleman, born July 1914, Selby, Yorkshire.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Laura Harriet Coleman – widow.

 

King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 1st Battalion:

http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/kings-royal-rifle-corps/

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