Born: 1883, Ipswich.

Died: 5th December 1914; age 31; Died of Wounds received the previous day – No. 8 Clearing Hospital, Bailleul.

Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Date of Entry Therein: 15th August 1914.

Rank: Company Quartermaster Sergeant; Service Number: 5845

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


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


Grave Reference:


Bailleul Communal Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Mr & Mrs J. Sawyer; husband of Letitia R. Sawyer, of 50, Risbygate Street, Bury St. Edmunds.




1891   30, Elliott Street, Ipswich.


William was 8 years old and living with his mother, siblings & nephew.

Emma Elizabeth Sawyer (nee Fitch), 43, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Violet Elizabeth Sawyer, 21, a Corset Worker, born Woodbridge.

Alice Harriet Sawyer, 19, a Corset Worker, born Woodbridge.

Robert James Sawyer, 15, an Errand Boy, born Ipswich.

Edith Ellen Sawyer, 11, born Ipswich.

Ethel Elizabeth Sawyer, 10, born Ipswich.

Emily May Sawyer, 5, born Ipswich.

William Frederick A. Sawyer, 3, born Ipswich.


1901   Depot Suffolk Regiment, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


William was 18 years old, a Soldier ranked Private in the Suffolk Regiment – Infantry.


1911   Goojerat Barracks, Station Hospital, Circular Road, Colchester, Essex.


William was 29 years old, a Soldier ranked Corporal in the Suffolk Regiment.


William’s father was Robert Sawyer, born 1848, Woodbridge, Suffolk – a Baker & Confectioner.


In 1912, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, William married Letitia Rosalind Witton, born February 1886, Thetford, Norfolk. They had 1 child.


Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion:

Regimental records show: The 4th of December saw two accidents in the trenches, one being a trench collapse due to weather conditions killing two men. The other being a bomb which was being examined exploded killing A/Sgt. E. W Dunn and severely wounding C.Q.M.S Sawyer, Sgt.Place and Pte H.Chinnery.

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