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Born: 1883, Ipswich, Suffolk.

Died: 28th June 1917; age 31; KiA by a shell.

On the 28th June his unit took part in the capture of Oppy Wood trench system. At 7.10 pm all its objectives were taken.

Residence: 107, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.

Employed: in the Boiler Shop at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Hadleigh, Suffolk

Date of Entry Therein: 21st August 1914.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 8095

Regiment: Bedfordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Distinguished Conduct Medal – For conspicuous courage on the 7th November when he led a charge on a trench occupied by 21 of the enemy. Reaching it first he blew it up, with the result that all the enemy were killed or captured (17-12-14).


Memorial Reference:

Bay 5,

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified and Address: Son of William and Emma Falla, late of Wood House Street, Ipswich; husband of Ethel Falla, of 107, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.




1891   21, St Margaret’s Street, Ipswich.

William was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings + a maternal aunt.

Thomas Edward Falla, 43, a Butcher; born Mortlake, Surrey.

Emma Falla (nee Dobson), 35; born Nacton, Suffolk.

Florence Martha Falla, 1, born Ipswich.

John Herbert Falla, 8 months, born Ipswich.

Louisa Dobson, 46, a Dress Staymaker, born Nacton.


1901   39, Upper Brook Street, Ipswich.

William was 18, and a Barman to his father. He was living with his parents & brother.

Thomas, 52, a Publican – own account.

Emma, 43.

John, 10.


1911   4, Woodhouse Street, Ipswich.

William was 28 years old, a Machinist at an ironworks. He was living with his parents.

Thomas, 62, a Butcher – Meat Importers.

Emma, 51.

John, 20, a Turner & Fitter – Iron Works.


On the 14th March, 1914, Ipswich, William Thomas Falla married Ethel Maud Harvey, born October 1891, Ipswich– daughter of William Harvey, a general labourer and Louisa Caroline Harvey (nee Churchyard), of 53, Pauline Street, Ipswich.


Ethel and William had one daughter:

Ethel Emma Falla , born August 1914, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Ethel Falla – widow.

Amongst the recipients of the Distinguished Conduct Medal occurs the name of Prvt. W. Falla, a reservist, who had previous to the war worked in the boiler shop at the Orwell Works. It was awarded “For conspicuous courage on November 7th, when he led a charge on a trench occupied by twenty-one of the enemy. Reaching it first he blew it up, with the result that all the enemy were killed or captured.


Mrs. E. Falla, of 107 Cemetery Road, Ipswich, has received official information from Warley of the death of her husband, Sergeant W. Falla D.C.M., of the Bedfordshire Regiment, on the 28th June in France. He was called up on the outbreak of war, being a private serving on the reserve list and was quickly ordered to the Front. He was present at the retreat from Mons and Ypres. On the 7th November 1914 he led a charge which resulted in 21 of the enemy being killed or captured. For that act he was awarded the D.C.M. and promoted (on the field) to Corporal. In the same month he received a bullet wound in the region of the heart, and returned to England. Returning to duty in France in May, 1915, he took part in most of the fierce fighting, including the Aisne and Somme battles. He received many minor wounds from shrapnel, and at Giullemont was poisoned through drinking water that was contaminated. Last month he was killed by a shell. The widow has received letters from both the chaplain and captain of the regiment, who deeply regret the loss sustained by the company of a brave soldier.

William is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich and is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial, Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.



Bedfordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion:

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