Born: 1894, Wherstead, Suffolk.

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

Residence: 6, Dock Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Labourer.

First Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 21st August 1914; Age 22 years & 10 months; 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 Fenn, 35, a Horseman on a Farm, born Shotley, Suffolk.

Ellen Fenn, 38, born Witnesham, Suffolk.

Edith Valentine Fenn, 7, born Wherstead.

Leonard Robert Fenn, 6, born Wherstead.

Nellie Fenn, 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 Fenn, 10, born Wherstead.

George Fenn, 8, born Wherstead.

1 domestic servant.


On the 23rd December 1913, at the Ipswich Registry Office, William married May Lily Rouse, born January 1891, Ipswich.

They had 3 children:

George William Robert Rouse Fenn, born May 1913, Ipswich.

William Frederick Fenn, born October 1914, Ipswich.

Phyllis Violet Doris Fenn, born December 1917, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to May Lily Fenn – widow.


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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