Born: 1889, Ipswich.

Died on or since death presumed: 18th August 1916; age 27; KiA.

Residence: 20, East Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 201213

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

Formerly 1592, Royal Field Artillery.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 1C & 2A.

Thiepval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs Caroline Chaplin, of 20, East Street, Ipswich.






1891   71, Fore Hamlet, Ipswich.


William was a year old and living with his parents & siblings.

Charles Edward Chaplin, 42, a Painter, born Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Caroline Chaplin (nee Mason), 36, born Ipswich.

Charles Edward W. Chaplin, 9, born Ipswich.

Eliza Susanna Chaplin, 6, born Ipswich.

James Henry Chaplin, 3, born Ipswich.


1901   20, Long Street, Ipswich.


William was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Charles, 50, a Plough Painter.

Caroline, 43.

Charles, 19, a Stonemason’s Labourer.

Eliza, 16.

James, 13.

Joseph Chaplin, 6, born Ipswich.

Thomas Chaplin, 1, born Ipswich.


1911   20, East Street, Ipswich.


William was 21 years old, a Printer’s Labourer – Printing Works. He was living with his widowed mother & brother.

Caroline, 53.

Thomas, 11.


Soldiers’ Effects to Caroline Chaplin – widow.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Helen’s Church, Ipswich.



Suffolk Regiment records show:

4th Btn. On the 18th, not long before zero hour, captain H.F. Ling was wounded, and still later, Lieut. R.D. Hume, M.C., entailing important changes in command at the last moment. Captain Ling remained in the trenches until the attack was over. Neither of the battalions on the right and left was able to make much progress. The 4th Battalion, in the centre, pushed forward. For a time two of our companies occupied Wood Lane trench, but being unsupported, and 2nd Lieut. Bedwell (the only officer to reach the trench) having been killed, it was impossible to hold on. However, considering that the battalion has attacked after four days in the front line, it was justly pleased with its work. A rough night followed, during which the battalion was relieved. Early next morning they moved to Fricourt Wood, and at sundown proceeded to a camp north-east of Meaulte, near Albert Road. The casualties on August 18th were as follows – Killed: 2nd Lieuts. V.L.S. Bedwell, H.C. Pawsey, and E. Norton, and 33 other ranks. Wounded: Captain H.F.Ling; 2nd Lieut. N.E. Suttle, and 108 other ranks. Missing: 50 other ranks. Total, 196. The 2nd battalion were seeing action at Cochrane Alley. The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914 – 1927 by Lieut.-Colonel C.C.R. Murphy (late the Suffolk Regiment)

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