Born: 1897, Ipswich.

Died: 30th October 1917; age 19; KiA.

Residence: Ipswich.

Occupation: He joined his father in his railway contracting business for a few months, until he was 18 years old.


Joined the 2nd Artist’s Rifles O.T.C., in November 1915. Promoted Acting Sergeant in March 1917.

Enlistment Details: Location: Duke’s Road, London; Date: 9th November 1915; age 18 years; Occupation: Apprentice; Address: ‘Lynhurst’ 11, St. John’s Road, Ipswich. Religion: CofE. Signed up for the duration of the war. Height: 5ft 9 1/4 ins.

Service: Embarked – Southampton – 19th March 1917; Disembarked – Havre – 20th March 1917. Joined 1st Artist’s Rifles 1st April 1917.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 760806

Regiment: London Regiment (Artists’ Rifles), 1st/28th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 153.

Tyne Cot memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William John & Fanny H.H. Staines, of 5, Queen’s Road, Felixstowe.




1901   23, High Street, Ipswich.


William was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William John Staines, 34, a Builder’s Manager, born Ipswich.

Fanny Hannah Hacon Staines (nee Beales), 40, born Ipswich.

Edith Fanny Staines, 6, born Ipswich.

Herbert Lucas Staines, 4 months, born Ipswich.

1 domestic nurse.

1 general domestic servant.


1911   ‘Lyndhurst’ 11, St. John’s Road, Ipswich.


William was 13 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William, 44, a Woodware & Box Manufacturer – employer.

Fanny, 50.

Edith, 16.

Herbert, 10.


William attended Ipswich School – entered 1910, and left July 1914, in the Forth Form. A member of the School’s Officer Training Corps, going to camp twice. He played for the 1st XI. at Football and Cricket in his last year at school.

 Ipswich School magazine November 1917.

On the 6th March 1918, William’s personal property was returned to his family – a diary, note book, wrist watch & strap.


William Staines signed to receive his late son’s British War & Victory medals in February 1922.


Soldiers’ Effects to William John Staines – father.

William is remembered on Ipswich School memorial

& St. John the Baptist church Ipswich WW1 Memorial


London Regiment (Artists’ Rifles), 1st/28th Battalion

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