Born: 1894, Wherstead, Suffolk.

Died: 29th March 1918; age 24; Died of Wounds.

First Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 21st August 1914; Age 22 years & 10 months; Occupation: Labourer; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: wife – May Lily Fenn, of 6, Dock Street, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 8 1/4ins, fresh complexion, hazel eyes & brown hair.

Discharged: 8th December 1914.

Second Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 201083

Regiment: Cambridgeshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.

Formerly 3595, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


St. Sever Cemetery Extension,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Robert & Ellen Fenn, of Westerfield; husband of May Lily Fenn, of 45, Priory Street, Ipswich.




1901     Westerfield Street, Westerfield, Suffolk.


William was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Robert Francis, 35, a Horseman on a Farm, born Shotley, Suffolk.

Ellen Francis, 38, born Witnesham, Suffolk.

Edith Valentine Francis, 7, born Wherstead.

Leonard Robert Francis, 6, born Wherstead.

Nellie Francis, 5, born Wherstead.

1 visitor.


1911   The Street, Westerfield, Suffolk.


William was 18 years old, a Butcher’s Assistant. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Robert, 42, a Horseman on a Farm.

Ellen, 45.

Leonard, 16, a Cowman on a Farm.

Albert Francis, 10, born Wherstead.

George Francis, 8, born Wherstead.

1 domestic servant.


On the 23rd December 1913, at the Ipswich Registry Office, William married May Lily Howse. They had 1 son:

William Frederick Fenn, born October 1914, Ipswich.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Westerfield, Suffolk and St. Nicholas Church, Ipswich.



Cambridgeshire Regiment, 1st Battalion:

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