Image from Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1916



Born: 1884, Ipswich.

Died: 18th August 1916; age 32; Died of Wounds.

In November 1916, Mrs. Helen Howard received official news that her husband had been reported wounded and missing since the 18th August.

Residence: 26, Bloomfield Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Refuse Collector for the Borough of Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 201205

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

Formerly 3778, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Pier and Face 1C & 2A,

Thiepval Memorial,




Relatives Notified and Address: Son of Arthur and Frances Howard, of 111, Cemetery Road, Ipswich; husband of Helen Mabel Howard, of 26, Bloomfield Street, St. John’s, Ipswich.




1891   Crabbe Street, Ipswich.


William was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings

Arthur Howard, 34, a Blacksmith, born Ipswich.

Fanny (Frances) Howard (nee Lendon), 30, born Bethnal Green, Middlesex.

Arthur David Edward Howard, 8, born Ipswich.

Florence Edith Howard, 4, born Ipswich.

Gertrude Adelaide Howard, 2, born Ipswich.

James Edward Howard, 1, born Ipswich.

1 visitor.


1901   6, Hayhill Road, Ipswich.


William was 16 years old and a Baker’s Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings

Arthur, 44, a Blacksmith.

Frances, 40.

Arthur, 18, a Clothing Warehouseman.

Gertrude, 12.

James, 10.

Samuel Cyril Howard, 9, born Ipswich.

Charles Robert Howard, 7, born Ipswich.

Florence Mary Howard, 3, born Ipswich.

Albert Victor Howard, 1, born Ipswich.


1911   26, Bloomfield Street, Ipswich.


William was 26 and a Refuse Collector for the Borough of Ipswich. He was married and head of the household.

Helen 30.

Alfred, 1.


In 1908, in Ipswich, William Howard married Helen Mabel Gooding, born June 1880, Halesworth, Suffolk – daughter of Alfred Frederick Gooding, a corn merchant’s clerk and Ann Gooding (nee Collett), of Holton, Suffolk.


Helen and William had one son:

Alfred William Howard; born 1910, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Helen M. Howard – widow.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich, and at St. John the Baptist Church, Ipswich, and on the war memorial under Public Health at the Town Hall, Ipswich.

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Suffolk Regiment records show:

4th Btn. On the 18th, not long before zero hour, captain H.F. Ling was wounded, and still later, Lieut. R.D. Hume, M.C., entailing important changes in command at the last moment. Captain Ling remained in the trenches until the attack was over. Neither of the battalions on the right and left was able to make much progress. The 4th Battalion, in the centre, pushed forward. For a time two of our companies occupied Wood Lane trench, but being unsupported, and 2nd Lieut. Bedwell (the only officer to reach the trench) having been killed, it was impossible to hold on. However, considering that the battalion has attacked after four days in the front line, it was justly pleased with its work. A rough night followed, during which the battalion was relieved. Early next morning they moved to Fricourt Wood, and at sundown proceeded to a camp north-east of Meaulte, near Albert Road. The casualties on August 18th were as follows – Killed: 2nd Lieuts. V.L.S. Bedwell, H.C. Pawsey, and E. Norton, and 33 other ranks. Wounded: Captain H.F.Ling; 2nd Lieut. N.E. Suttle, and 108 other ranks. Missing: 50 other ranks. Total, 196. The 2nd battalion were seeing action at Cochrane Alley.

The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914 – 1927 by Lieut.-Colonel C.C.R. Murphy (late the Suffolk Regiment)

“High Wood”

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