Born: 1886, Ipswich.

Died on or since death presumed: 18th August 1916; age 30; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.


Rank: Acting Sergeant; Service Number: 200494

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

Formerly 2171, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


In December 1920, the body was exhumed and identified by a wooden cross erected on a grave, before reburial at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery.


Grave Reference:


Caterpillar Valley Cemetery,







1891   12, Milner Street, Ipswich.


William was 5 years old and living with his mother, siblings & maternal aunt.

Sarah Baker (nee Johnson), 27, a Box Maker, born Ipswich.

David George Baker, 6, born Ipswich.

Sarah Annie Baker, 7 months, born Ipswich.

Maria Johnson, 14, a Nurse Girl, born Ipswich.


1901   101, Regent Street, Ipswich.


William was 15 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.

David Baker, 38, a Lock Gateman, born Saxmundham, Suffolk.

Sarah, 37.

George, 16, an Iron Foundry Fitter.

Sarah, 10.

Thomas Charles Baker, 7, born Ipswich.

Nellie May Baker, 5, born Ipswich.

Lilian Grace Baker, 7 weeks, born Ipswich.


1911   5, Park Road East, Bedford, Bedfordshire.


William was 25 years old, a Grocer’s Shop Assistant. He was boarding at the home of 49 year old, Charles Henry Cane, a Tailor – own account.


On the 10th June 1915, at St. Benedict’s Church, Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, 29 year old William, a Soldier ranked Private for the Suffolk Regiment, 2nd/4th Battalion, of 41, Halifax Road, Chesterton, married by Licence, 24 year old Lille Woodhouse, a Domestic Servant, of 40, Harlington Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, born October 1891, Smithwick, Staffordshire  – daughter of George Woodhouse, a jobbing gardener and Elizabeth Woodhouse, of 40, Harlington Street, Bedford.



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William is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Peter’s Church ( above), Ipswich and St. Clement’s Congregational Church, Ipswich.


Suffolk Regiment records show:

4th Btn. On the 18th, not long before zero hours, 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 the 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 had 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 northeast 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 was seeing action at Cochrane Alley.

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


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