Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph

Born: 1888, All Saint’s, Ipswich.

Died: 4th May 1915; age 27; KiA – near Ypres. Served 10 years & 220 days.

Residence: Ipswich.

Occupation: Milkman.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 27th September 1904; Age: 18 years; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 6ins, fresh complexion, hazel eyes & brown hair.


Service: Home – 27th September 1904 – 7th November 1905. Malta – 8th November 1905 – 26th December 1906.


Offences: 25th May 1907 – Falling out on the line of march without permission to obtain water – 8 days C.B.

2nd October 1907 – Found asleep on his post when on sentry – 168 hours detention – 7 days C.B.


Granted one G.C. Badge – 27th September 1906.


Date of Entry Therein: 24th August 1914.


Appointed Lance Corporal – 24th September 1914.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 588

Regiment: The Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion.


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


Memorial Reference:

Panel 46 – 48 & 50.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,






1891   Stoke Street, Ipswich.


William was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Alfred Bloomfield, 27, a Shoemaker, born St. Nicholas, Ipswich.

Mary Ann Bloomfield (nee Staff), 27, born St. Peter’s, Ipswich.

Alice Maud Bloomfield, 1, born St. Peter’s, Ipswich.

Walter Robert Bloomfield, 9 months, born St. Peter’s, Ipswich.


1901   43, Stoke Street, Ipswich.

William was 13 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Alfred, 37, a Shoemaker.

Mary Ann, 37.

Alice, 11.

Walter, 10.

Ellen Gertrude Bloomfield, 5, born Ipswich.

Frederick Charles Bloomfield, 3, born Ipswich.


On the 25th December 1913, Ipswich Register Office, William married Emily Agnes Crapnell, born 1890, Swilland, Suffolk.

They had 1 daughter:

Agnes Mary Ellen Bloomfield, born July 1914, Madeley, Shropshire.


Mrs Emily Agnes Gough received her late husband’s 1914 Star at her home – 11, Wellington Road, Horsehay, Shropshire.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mrs. Emily Agnes Bloomfield – widow.


William is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.


The Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion:http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/the-rifle-brigade-1914-1918/

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