Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1917.

Born: 1887, Guildford, Surrey.

Died: 16th August 1917; age 30; KiA. Served in France for two months.

Residence: 10, Burlington Road, Ipswich.

Employed: at the office of the East Anglian Daily Times.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich. Attested under the Derby Scheme, and trained with the Suffolk Cyclists.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 235337

Regiment: Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex)  1st-7th Battalion.

Formerly 265521, 6th Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Until early 1927, the body was laid to rest in the village of Zillebeke in a grave marked as an Unknown British Soldier, with no cross on the grave. William’s name was originally recorded on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing. The body was identified in January 1927, by clothing, titles and a spoon marked 2609. Two other bodies from Unknown New Zealand Soldier graves in the same plot were identified, each later reburied in a coffin, at Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, with a cross erected in March 1927.


Grave Reference:


Sanctuary Wood Cemetery,





Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Ruby Alice Tubb, of 10, Burlington Road, Ipswich.

Parents residing at 40, Spring Road, Ipswich.




1891   39, Crown Street, Ipswich.


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

Charles Tubb, 34, a Coach Body Maker, born Cove, Hampshire.

Anna Richer Tubb (nee Rowland), 29, born Ipswich.

Lilian Mary Tubb, 1, born Guildford, Surrey.


1901   39, Crown Street, Ipswich.


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

Charles, 44, a Coach Body Maker.

Anna, 39.

Ethel Louisa Tubb, 15, a Book Binder, born Guildford, Surrey.

Lilian, 11.

Percy John Tubb, 8, born Ipswich.

Gertrude Ellen Tubb, 6, born Ipswich.

Mabel Anna Tubb, 5, born Ipswich.

Elsie Kate Tubb, 2, born Ipswich.


1911   49, Belle Vue Road, Ipswich.


William was 22 years old, a Clerk. He was living with his parents, siblings & paternal grandmother.

Charles, 54, a Motor Body Maker.

Anna, 49.

Ethel, 25, a Book Binder.

Lilian, 21, a Dressmaker.

Gertrude, 17, an Apprentice Drapery.

Mabel, 15, a Nursemaid.

Elsie, 12.

Sydney George Tubb, 9, born Ipswich.

Ellen Tubb, 91, a widow, born St. George, London.


In January 1909, William, of 49, Belle Vue Road, passed the examinations to become an Amateur Football Association’s Referee, for Junior League Games with the Suffolk County Football Association.


On the 26th December 1913, at the Crown Street Congregational Church, Ipswich, William married Ruby Alice Foster, a confectioner’s invoice clerk, born March 1891, Ipswich – eldest daughter of William Reginald Foster, a printer and linotype overseer, and Alice Emma Foster (nee Aldous), of Claxton House, Wellesley Road, Ipswich.

Alice and William had one son:

Ewart William Tubb, born August 1915, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Ruby A. Tubb – widow.


William is remembered at Ipswich Old Cemetery on his paternal grandmother Ellen Tubb and his brother Percy John Tubb’s headstone, section Q.

William is also remembered on the war memorial at Christ Church United Reformed Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich – formerly from the Crown Street Congregational Church, Ipswich.



 Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex)  1st-7th Battalion







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