Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1880, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Died: 28th September 1917; age 37; KiA by shellfire. Served 1 year & 129 days.

Residence: 65, Broom Hill Road, Ipswich.

Employed: Assistant Inspector of postmen of the Post Office from 1912.

Enlistment Details: Location: London; Date: 23rd May 1916; Age: 35 years; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 7 1/4ins.

Joined at Dover – 24th May 1916.

Service: Home – 23rd May 1916 – 29th August 1916 – embarked 29th August 1916 – Southampton – disembarked 30th August 1916 – Havre – 28th September 1917.


Rank: Bombardier; Service Number: 86055.

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, 155th Siege Battery.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Lindenhock Chalet Military Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Samuel & Harriet Ellen Hambling, of 7, Dee Side, Mile End, Bungay, Suffolk; husband of Mary Ann Eliza Hambling, of 13, Palgrave Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.




1881   79, Caister Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


William was a year old and living with his parents.

William Samuel Hambling, 29, a Letter Carrier, born Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Harriet Ellen Hambling (nee Butcher), 26, born Greenwich, London.


1891   125, Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


William was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William, 39, a Tea Dealer – own account & a Letter Carrier.

Harriet, 36, an Ironer.

Olive Mary Hambling, 8, born Great Yarmouth.

Vincent George Hambling, 7, born Great Yarmouth.


1901   16, Row 74, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


William was 24 years old, an Assistant Postman. He was boarding at the home of 56 year old, Hannah M.A. Ames, an Upholsterer – at home.


1911   16, Kitchener Road, Ipswich.


William was 31 years old, a Stamper – Post Office. He was married and Head of the Household.

Mary, 34.

William, 5.


On the 23rd June 1904, at the Wesleyan Chapel, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, William married Mary Ann Eliza Parker, born December 1876, Great Yarmouth.

They had 1 son:

William Richard Hambling, born August 1905, Great Yarmouth.


On the 17th August 1918, Mrs Mary A.E. Hambling, of 146, Anderson Street, Great Yarmouth received her late husband’s personal effects:

Photos, pocket book, Religious book, postcards, disc, letters, photos & card, pipe (in case), wrist watch, (damaged), strap & 2 protectors, 9ct plain gold ring, scissors (in case), pouch, photo (in case), 2 razors (in cases), 8 pieces of music, small comb, newspaper cuttings.

Probate to Mary Ann Eliza Hambling – widow.

Soldiers’ Effects to Mary A.E. Hambling – widow.

On the 15th May 1922, Mrs Hambling received her late husband’s Victory & British War medals.

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possible image from memorial unnamed.

William is also remembered on the war memorial at the Royal Mail Centre, Commercial Road, Ipswich.

post office


Royal Garrison Artillery, 155th Siege Battery:


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