WILLIAM FREDERICK JEFFRIES

Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.

 

Born: 1887, Ipswich.

Died: 22nd January 1921; age: 33; Died of Erysipelas, due to the effects of gas in the field. Died at the Borough Isolation Hospital, Ipswich. Brother Frederick, of 36, Gymnasium Street, Ipswich at his bedside.

Residence: 45, Windsor Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Malster’s Labourer.

 

Rank: Driver; Service Number: 16106.

Regiment: Royal Engineers, 510 Field Coy.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

BA.IA.28.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Sarah Jeffries, of 45, Windsor Road, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   40, Rendlesham Road, Ipswich.

 

William was 4 years old and living with his parents & brother.

William Jeffries, 38, a Bricklayer, born Eye, Suffolk.

Sarah Ann Jeffries (nee Pipe), 32, born Helmingham, Suffolk.

Frederick William Jeffries, 5, born Ipswich.

 

1901   45, Windsor Road, Ipswich.

 

William was 14 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.

William, 48, a Bricklayer.

Sarah, 42.

Fred, 15, a Shop Lad – Grocer.

Winifred Lilian Jeffries, 7, born Ipswich.

Margaret Nellie Jeffries, 5, born Ipswich.

 

1911   Butt Road, Colchester, Essex.

 

William was 23 years old, a Soldier ranked Private/Telegraph Linesman for the Royal Engineers.

 

During WW1 large scale use of chemical weapons were used to demoralize, injure, and kill entrenched defenders. Gas such as tear gas, to lethal agents’ Phosgene, Chlorine, and Mustard gas sank into the trenches, suffocating and burning skin, eyes and lungs, forcing the defenders to retreat unless able to use gas masks. The gases were reliant on wind direction and wind strength for effectiveness. There were more casualties than deaths through gas attacks, causing blindness and respiratory problems, scarring lungs and blistering skin, debilitating the lives of the soldiers in later life.

 

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