Born: 1887, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

Died: 22nd January 1916; age 28; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 22nd July 1915 – France.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 9326

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery Extension,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Henry & Mary Ann Oxer; husband of Harriet E. Ottaway (formerly Oxer), of 21, Black Horse lane, Ipswich.




1901   14, Hamilton Street, Ipswich.


William was 14 years old, and living with his mother. They were boarding at the home of his mother’s employer – 44 year old, Robert Davey, a widower & his family.

Mary Ann Oxer (nee Allen), 45, a Housekeeper, born Mistley, Essex.


1911   3, Cooks Court, Cox Lane, Ipswich.


William was 24 years old, a Labourer – Iron Foundry. He was married & Head of the Household.

Harriet, 20.

Elsie, 11 months.


In 1909, Ipswich, William married Harriet Eliza Rix, born 1891, Little Soham, Suffolk.

They had 5 children:

Florence Pattie Oxer, born 1909, Ipswich.

Elsie May Oxer, born 1910, Ipswich.

John W. Oxer, born 1912, Ipswich.

George W. Oxer, born 1913, Ipswich.

Ethel R. Oxer, born 1914, Ipswich.


William’s father was Henry Oxer, born 1857, Ipswich – died 1909, Ipswich. His mother Mary Ann Oxer died in 1917, Ipswich.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at the Presbyterian Church formerly on London Road, Ipswich ,Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich and St. Mary le Elms church Memorial Ipswich, the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich



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