Images courtesy of Mary Thrower.

Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.

Born: 1897, Playford, Suffolk.

Baptised: 11th July 1897, Playford – parents – William & Clara Prime.

Died: 31st October 1917; age 20; Died of Wounds – 19th Corps Main Dressing Station. Bomb wound to thigh & hand.

Residence: Kiln Farm, Playford, Suffolk.

Occupation: Bricklayer’s Labourer.

Enlistment Deatils: Location: Ipswich; Date: 17th October 1915; Age: 19 years & 5 months.

Service: Embarked – 16th June 1916 with 90 (Siege) Battery, R.G.A. – Disembarked – 17th June 1916. Admitted to hospital – Scabies – 25th July 1916 – rejoined from hospital 26th September 1916 – field. Granted leave to UK from 14th October 1917 to 24th October 1917.

Offence: Awarded 6 days F.P. No. 2. for absent from parade 2pm on the 22nd August 1917.

Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 59184

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, 90th Siege Battery.

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

Grave Reference:


Solferino Farm Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Clara Prime, of 61, Orwell Road, Ipswich.


1901   Kiln Farm, Playford, Suffolk.

William was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Prime, 33, a Horseman on Farm, born Alburgh, Norfolk.

Clara Prime (nee Kemp), 30, born Haddiscoe, Norfolk.

Florence Lucy Prime, 7, born Haddiscoe.

Ellen Alice M. Prime, 6, born Haddiscoe.

Esther Matilda Prime, 2, born Playford.

John Benjamin Prime, 1, born Playford.

1911   Kiln Farm, Playford, Suffolk.

William was 13 years old, a General Worker on Farm. He was living with his parents & siblings.

William, 43, a Horseman on Farm.

Clara, 40.

Esther, 12.

John, 11.

Arthur Herbert Prime, 9, born Playford.

Hedley Harrell Prime, 7, born Playford.

Mildred Gertrude Prime, 4, born Playford.

Horace Charles Prime, 11 months, born Playford.


John (Jack) Prime

On the 9th March 1918, Clara Prime received her late son’s personal effects: pouch, 2 handkerchiefs, letters, photos, cards, purse, metal chain with 1/2 mark attached, small key & match box case.

On the 21st September 1921, Clara Prime received her late sons Victory & British War medals at her home – 10, Coronation Road, Ipswich.

Soldiers’ Effects to Clara Prime – mother.

William is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary’s Church, Playford, Suffolk.

Royal Garrison Artillery, 90th Siege Battery

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