Served under his mother’s maiden name OFFORD


Born: 1883, Holy Trinity, Ipswich, Suffolk.

Died: 1st February 1917; age: 33; died of General Paralysis of the Insane, at Ipswich. Served 10 years.

Residence: 47, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Bargeman.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: 22nd March 1905; age: 20 years & 10 months; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft & 4ins, fresh complexion, brown eyes & dark brown hair. Tattoo marks & Sailor on right forearm.

Date of Entry Therein: 19th August 1914 – France.



Home: 2nd February 1911 – 19th August 1914

France: 18th August 1914 – 5th November 1916

Admitted to hospital – 18th October 1916

Sent home to England – 5th November 1916 – H.S. ‘Carisbrook Castle.’

Home: 6th November 1916 – 31st January 1917.


Medical – 10th January 1917. Illness originated in October 1916, France. On the 18th October 1916 reported by his Officer Commanding to be totally useless having to be washed and fed by his comrades.

12th December 1916 – Left pupil much larger than right, both insensitive to light. Facial muscles unsteady. Syhlilis – active service contributary, stress of campaign – Permanent – Total incapcity.


Discharged: 30th January 1917 – Character – Good. Awarded Silver War Badge, number 55299. Silver War Badge returned.


Rank: Driver; Service Number: 36951

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, Reserve Brigade, 123rd Battery.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,









1891   16, Mount, Ipswich.


William was 8 years old and living with his widowed father, siblings & paternal aunt at the home of his paternal grandparents.

John Lord, 61, a Foundry Labourer, born Denchworth, Berkshire.

Emma Lord (nee Haxell), 60, born Somersham, Suffolk.

Emma Louisa Lord, 21, a Dressmaker, born Isleworth, Middlesex.

John Lewis Lord, 31, an Engine Fitter – Foundry, born Isleworth, Middlesex.

John Walter Lord, 10, born Ipswich.

Emma Daisy Lord, 5, born Ipswich.


1901   45, Norfolk Road, Ipswich.


William was 17 years old, a Fitter – Steam Engineers. He was living with his father & step mother & step siblings.

John, 40, a Steam Engine Fitter.

Violet Elizabeth Lord (nee Sawyer), 31, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.

William Sawyer, 13, an Errand Boy, born Ipswich.

Frederick Lewis Lord, 7, born Ipswich.

Percy Alfred Lord, 5, born Ipswich.

Albert Edward Lord, 3, born Ipswich.

Arthur Reginald Lord, 10 months, born Ipswich.


1911   27, Lancaster Road, Ipswich.


William was 28 years old, an Engineer’s Labourer. He was living with his father, step mother & step siblings.

John, 50, a Tram Engine Fitter.

Violet, 41.

Frederick, 17, an Engine Machinist.

Percy, 15, an Engine Machinist.

Arthur, 11.

Harold James Lord, 9, born Ipswich.


William’s mother was Emma Lord (nee Orford), born 1862, Gravesend, Kent – died 1887, Tendring, Essex.


William’s brother, John Walter Lord, died on the 4th July 1900, during the Second Boer War of disease at Kroonstad, Free State, South Africa. He was ranked a Driver, service number 31979, for the Royal Field Artillery, 17th Battery.


Royal Field Artillery, Reserve Brigade, 123rd Battery



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