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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.




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, South Norwood, South East London, William married Laura Harriet Holdstock, born 1886, Penge, Kent. They had 1 daughter:

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


King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 1st Battalion:


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