Born: 15th May 1901, Ipswich.

Died: 15th September 1940; age: 39; MPK.

Residence: 490, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.

Rank: Stoker Petty Officer; Service Number: P/K 60683.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Dundee’


Memorial Reference:

Panel 41, Column 3.

Portsmouth Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of O. H. M. & Alice Sweetman, of Ipswich.


Father: Oliver Henry Markham Sweetman, born 1872, Ipswich.

Mother: Alice Sweetman (nee Gardiner), born 1875, Ipswich – died 1905, Ipswich.




1911   St. John’s Home for Boys & Girls, Bloomfield Street, Ipswich.


William was 10 years old, an Inmate at the Workhouse School.

His sister was also an inmate – Alice Violet Sweetman, 12, born Ipswich,

His brother was also an inmate – Harry Sweetman, 7, born Ipswich.


St John’s Children’s Home

A separate home for pauper children was first proposed by Ipswich Union in around 1870. This was an unusual step for non-metropolitan unions at this time, and may have been the result of space shortage at the Great Whip Street workhouse. Plans were produced in 1871 and 1873 for a long building with a central block flanked by separate wings containing boys’ and girls’ accommodation. The building, eventually erected at Bloomfield Street in 1879, accommodated 80 boys and 50 girls. The boys were taught to work on the land, and in tailoring and shoe-making. The girls were taught needlework and other household skills to equip them for domestic service. A small infirmary was later added.

15th September 1940 – H.M.S. ‘DUNDEE’

H.M.S. ‘Dundee’ was a British Sloop built at Chatham Dockyard for The Admiralty and launched in 1932. H.M.S. ‘Dundee’ commanded by Captain O.M.F. Stokes RN was the only escort for convoy SC3 during the Battle of the Atlantic. She was sunk at 00.25hrs off Northern Ireland by the most successful German submarine of the war U-48, commanded at the time by Kapitanleutrant Henrich Bleichrodt.

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