Born: 1897, Ipswich.

Died: 4th December 1914; age 17; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 15th September 1914.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/8757

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 21.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,





1901   Gypsy Caravan, The Common, Blaxhall, Suffolk.


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

William Beckett, 37, a General Dealer – Hawker – own shop, born Halesworth, Suffolk.

Maryann Lily Beckett, 39, a Hawker – own account, born Chatham, Kent.

Beatrice Beckett, 13, born Harwich, Essex.

Lovethine Beckett, 10, born Southwold, Suffolk.

Isabella Beckett, 7, born Coldfair Green, Suffolk.

Alicia Beckett, 2, born Tunstall, Suffolk.

Walter Beckett, 8 months, Blaxhall, Suffolk.


1911   6, Austin Street, Ipswich.


William was 15 years old, a Marine Store Dealer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

William, 48, a Marine Store Dealer – own account.

Maryann, 48.

Alicia, 12.

Walter, 11.


Soldiers’ Effects to William Beckett – father & Bella Bird, Alice Spencer & Lovethine Nook – sisters.


Editors note:” 3/ ” denotes he had been registered to a TA battalion, and was also under age to travel abroad. William coming from a travellers background, he would of been an asset to the hardships of trench and field life, and would of been seeking a great adventure.

Suffolk reg


Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment



One Comment

  • Please note that my great uncle’s (William Beckett) ‘effects’ were passed to the following named persons;

    ‘William Beckett (father) – sisters; Isabella Bird (Beckett), Alice Spencer (Beckett) & Lovethine Nock* (Beckett)’.

    Lovethine Nock* is my maternal grandmother and often referred to as ‘Lovey’. Nook is incorrect.


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