Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.
Born: 1893, St. Mary’s Stoke, Ipswich.
Died: 8th May 1915; age: 21; KiA.
Residence: 31, Bulstrode Road, Ipswich.
Employed: Messrs. Cranfield Brothers Ltd., Ipswich.
Enlistment Place: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 12993
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles & Annie English of 31, Bulstrode Road, Ipswich.
1901 21, Bright Street, Ipswich.
William was 7 years old and living with his parents and siblings.
Charles John English, 31, a Stoker – Oil Mill, born Ipswich.
Annie Maria English (nee Gosling), 30, born Holbrook, Suffolk.
Lily English, 9, born Ipswich
Gertrude Maud English, 3, born Ipswich.
Bertie Edward English, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 31, Bulstrode Road, Ipswich.
William was 17 years old, a Riveters Boy. He was living with his parents and siblings.
Charles, 41, a Foreman – Oil Mill.
Lily, 19, an Almond Blancher – Sweet Factory.
Ernest Albert English, 7, born Ipswich
Frederick Charles English, 5, born Ipswich.
Daisy Ethel English, 3, born Ipswich.
John Arthur English, 1, born Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Charles J. English – father.
Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion. 84th Brigade
The Second Battle of Ypres was underway and the 1st Battalion was to suffer over a thousand casualties in six weeks with fierce fighting along the Salient. The Battle of Frezenberg Ridge and Bellewaarde Ridge were to take its toll on the 1st Battalion. At 10:00 a.m on the 8th May, the attack began with heavy shelling from both sides of all calibre, then came a cloud of yellow green poison gas that drifted through the British lines. Blinded and choking men continued to fight on still under a hail of bullets and shell fire. The shelling had cut most of the communication wires, with little information passing through. The exposed roads gave little shelter for the limited supply line. The German attack had overwhelmed the British, by noon the Battalion had 400 casualties with 12 Ipswich men dead and more to be killed or die of wounds in the following weeks.