Born: 1894, Ipswich.
Died: 13th April 1918; age 24; Died of Wounds – Hersin Hill.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant; Service Number: 2307
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 11th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & the 1914 Star + the Military Medal – 21st – 22nd March 1918. “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the enemy had entered the trench he established a bombing block and retained it against repeated attacks, freely exposing himself to rifle fire, and inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy.
London Gazette 16-9-18.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs Roxbrough, of 14, Kitchener Road, Ipswich.
1901 15, Wellington Street, Ipswich.
William was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Alfred William Roxbrough, 38, a Sargeant Major – Royal Artillery, born Islington, Middlesex.
Aves Sarah Eliza Mary Roxbrough (nee Fairman), 35, born Croydon, Surrey.
Mabel Roxbrough, 8, born Woolwich, Kent.
Alfred Leonard Roxbrough, 5, born Ipswich.
1911 14, Kitchener Road, Ipswich.
William was 16 years old, an Organ Building – Woodwork. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Alfred, 49, a Pensioner – Army.
Mabel, 18, a Dressmaking – Improver.
Leonard, 15, a Student.
Aves Winifred Roxbrough, 9, born Ipswich.
William is also remembered on SPRINGFIELD SCHOOL ww1 Memorial, Ipswich.
Diary of the 11 Battalion Suffolk Regiment 1918
On 21st March, they were in trenches just north of the Sensee River (arrived there 20th March). In the front line trenches, “A Coy” was on the right and “C Coy.” on the left. “B” and “D” coys. were in support. From 5am, they were subjected to a bombardment and gassed, with heavy minenwerfer being used on the battalion. This caused few casualties. The Germans broke through in the lines to the left of the Bn. but were driven back by 7am. At 3pm another half hour “whirlwind” bombardment ensued and another German attack advanced northwards across “C Coy.’s” front. C and B Coy fire took heavy toll of the Germans. Before sunset, C Coy’s line that had been temporarily broken had been re-set. Due to news from elsewhere, Orders were received to retire and the withdrawal began at 8.30pm.
On the 2nd June 1919, Mr A.W. Roxbrough received his late son’s 1914 Star medal and in February 1922, the Victory medal.
Suffolk Regiment, 11th Battalion: