Born: 1891, Whitton, Suffolk.

Died: 21st June 1915; age 24; KiA.

Residence: 452, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; date: in the later part of August 1914.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2185

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.


Grave Reference.


St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery,

Richebourg – L’Avoue,

Pas de Calais,





1901   Whitton Street, Whitton, Suffolk.


William was 9 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

William Welham, 36, a General Labourer, born Barham, Suffolk.

Sarah Welham (nee Fisk), 41, born Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Christina D. Welham, 12, born Stowmarket.

Jessie Maud Welham, 11, born Stowmarket.

Eleanor Elizabeth Welham, 4, born Whitton.


1911   452, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.


William was 19 years old, a Moulder – Iron Foundry. He was living with his widowed mother & sisters.

Sarah, 52.

Florence May Welham, 16, a Tailoress, born Whitton.

Eleanor, 14.


William’s father William Welham died, 1902, Ipswich.


Mrs Welham applied for Clasp in respect of the services of her late son, Private W. G. Welham 13th February 1920.

Clasp was sent to 452, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.

Soldiers’ Effects to Sarah Welham – mother.

William is also remembered on the Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, war memorial. Now sited at The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk.


SUFFOLK REGIMENT 1/4th Battalion Territorial Force:

On the 21st of June in the Neuve Chapelle area, the Germans shelled the 4th Battalion’s position, in the hope of knocking out an anti-aircraft gun which had been troublesome to German aircraft in previous days. The gun had already been moved before the bombardment. Officer Second Lieutenant Kenneth Ralph Mason, Private 2194 John Henry Alcock, Private 2185 William George Welham, and Private 2810 Frank Wright, of Benhall, Suffolk, were killed on the 21st of June, and three more men were wounded.

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