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:


Hamburg Cemetery,



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


Brother-in-law to DANIEL CHARLES POTTER.




1891   7, Handford Cut West, Ipswich.


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

Albert Walter 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.


Laura and William had one daughter:

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


Soldiers’ Effects to Laura Harriet Coleman – widow.


King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 1st Battalion:


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