image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1918.


Born: 1894, Ipswich.

Died on or since death presumed: 28th April 1917; age: 22; Died of Wounds.

Enlistment Location: The Railway Tavern, Burrell Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 43177

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.

Formerly 994, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War + Territorial Force War Medal.


Memorial Reference:IMG_6748

Bay 4,

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,





1901   111, Ranelagh Road, Ipswich.


William was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Thomas Fairweather, 40 a Telegraph Worker, born Ipswich.

Emily Fairweather (nee Gant), 38, born Groton, Suffolk.

George Frank Fairweather, 15, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Fairweather, 13, born Ipswich.

Elsie Kate Fairweather, 11, born Ipswich.

Harry Fairweather, 3, born Ipswich.


1911   317, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich.


William was 16 years old, an Apprentice Tailor. He was living with his parents & siblings.

George, 56, a Retired Telegraph Worker – G.E.R.

Emily, 48.

George, 24, a Clerk – Wholesales Grocer.

Elizabeth, 23, a Domestic Servant – Housemaid.

Harry, 13.

Mabel Fairweather, 6, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to George T. Fairweather – father.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at the Presbyterian Church formerly on London Road, Ipswich.and at St. Mary at Stoke Church, Ipswich.



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Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion

The Battle of Arleux.

The 11th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment as part of the 101st Brigade, formed an attack on Roeux chemical works on the Northern edge of the town, just south of the railway line. At 4:27 on the 28th of April 1917 the attack by the 11th began, troops pushed forward but came under heavy machinegun fire which drove the men back. A small group pushed on into the quarry on the eastern edge of the chemical works, being unsupported. At nightfall, they returned with 3 prisoners. The opening barrage had failed to destroy the machinegun posts and the enemy trenches, causing the attack to fail. The emery counter-attacked from Roeux. they were taking Mount Pleasant wood, part of the Ceylon trench at 9:45 a.m. The Battalion took over 300 casualties. The same fate was to happen to the 7th Battalion of the Suffolk regiment taking 190 casualties. 13 Ipswich men were killed on this day.

Suffolk Regiment battalion movements

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