William is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

Known as Henry Southgate on war records.


Born: 1888, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Died: 1st July 1916; age 28; Died from Heatstroke. Served 9 years & 176 days.

Residence: East Bergholt, Suffolk.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: 7th January 1907; Age: 18 years & 7 months; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 3 1/4, fresh complexion, light blue eyes & light brown hair. Tattoos heart and anchor – right forearm. Next of kin: mother – Sarah Southgate, brothers – Frederick and Walter Southgate.

Joined at Winchester – 10th January 1907.

Date of Entry Therein: 6th May 1915 – Persian Gulf.



Home – 7th January 1907 – 12th February 1908.

Crete – 13th February 1908 – 27th July 1908.

Malta – 28th July 1908 – 26th January 1909.

India – 21st January 1909 – 15th October 1914.

Persian Gulf Expeditionary Force 6th May 1915 – 1st July 1916.


Rank: Rifleman/unpaid Lance Corporal; Service Number: 7869.

Regiment: King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 30.

Basra Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Sarah Dorman (formerly Southgate), of Rose Cottage, East End, East Bergholt, Suffolk.





1891   Upper Orwell Courts, Ipswich.


William was 2 years old and living with his mother and brother at the home of her employer.

Robert Fayers, 36, a General Labourer, born Hitcham, Suffolk.

Sarah Southgate, 23, Housekeeper, born Ipswich.

Frederick Fayers Southgate, 3 months, born Ipswich.


1901   Burnt Oak, East Bergholt, Suffolk.


William was 12 years old and living with his mother and brothers at the home of her employer.

Frederick Charles Dorman, 45, a Xylonite Factory Hand, born Dovercourt, Essex.

Henry Charles Dorman, 22, a Xylonite Labourer, born Bradfield, Essex.

Sarah, 33, Housekeeper.

Frederick, 10.

Walter Southgate, 4, born Lawford, Essex.


In 1913, Ipswich William’s mother, Sarah Southgate married Frederick Charles Dorman.


Soldiers’ Effects to Sarah Dorman – mother.


William’s two brothers also lost their lives on the same day during the First World War.

Frederick and Walter both enlisted at Colchester, Essex on the 29th August 1914, they both joined the Northamptonshire Regiment. Frederick, a Private of the 1st Battalion, service number 12583, was KiA on the 9th May 1915, he was 24 years old. He is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Walter, a Private of the 2nd Battalion, service number 12584, was declared missing in the field on the 9th May 1915, he had served 256 days. His family was notified that he was missing on the 10th June 1915. On the 14th October 1916, his family was notified of Walter’s death on or since the 9th May 1915, he was 19 years old. He is remembered on Panel 7, of the Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium. Walter was a Factory Hand at the Xylonite Manufacturers when he enlisted, he was 19 years old. Walter disembarked in France on the 24th February 1915. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star. Soldiers’ Effects were paid to his mother Sarah Dorman.


William, Frederick and Walter are remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary the Virgin, at East Bergholt, Suffolk.



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