Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1917

Born: 15th February 1897, Ipswich.

Died: 24th May 1915; age 18; KiA at Ypres.

E.A.D.T – Wednesday, 15th September 1915 – Mrs. Harriet Alexander, of 336, Spring Road, Ipswich, has been notified by the War Office that her son, Private William John Alexander, 3rd Battalis, has been missing since the 24th May. She would be grateful for any news of him.

E.A.D.T – Wednesday, 13th December 1916 – Mr. and Mrs. Alexander, of 336, Spring Road, Ipswich, have been informed by the War Office that their son Private William John Alexander, Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 24th May 1915. William, who has been posted as missing for 18 months, was formerly employed at Ipswich Post Office.

Residence: 236, Spring Road, Ipswich.

Employed: as a Messenger, at the Surveyor’s Office for the General Post Office, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Southend, Essex; Date: 18th November 1914.

Date of Entry Therein: 16th May 1915.

Image courtesy of Joanna Billings
(William John Alexander’s great great niece) 

Rank: Private; Service Number: G/9842.

Regiment: The Royal Fusiliers, City of London Regiment, 2nd Section, 1st Company, 3rd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 6 & 8.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William J. & Harriet Alexander, of 284, Spring Road, Ipswich.




1901   34, Wells Street, Ipswich.


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

William John Alexander, 34, a Builder’s Labourer, born Stonham Aspal, Suffolk.

Harriet Alexander (nee Sharman), 29, born Ipswich.

Lilian May Alexander, 10, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Ethel Alexander, 7, born Ipswich.

Gertrude Harriet Alexander, 5, born Ipswich.

Charles Albert Alexander, 2 weeks, born Ipswich.


1911   58, Long Street, Ipswich.


William was 14 years old, a Telegraph Messenger. He was living with his parents & siblings.

William, 44, a Builder’s Labourer.

Harriet, 39.

Gertrude, 15, a Tobacco Packer.

Charles, 10.

Florence Ellen Alexander, 7, born Ipswich.


William was educated at St. Clement’s School, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to William John Alexander – father.


A wreath was laid on the War memorial in 2019.

One Comment

  • My dear daughter, Joanna Brown discovered the entry on the War Memorial recently. I am Adrian Brown and William was my Great Uncle. I did not know all this. His niece my mother Joyce died earlier this year aged 101. I was born in Ipswich in 1949 and brought up there attending Northgate Grammar. My Mother never mentioned all this as I believe her Mother Elizabeth (She called herself Lilian)was estranged from the Alexander family. Such loss and sadness was not talked about. We knew well Florence and her siblings. I am devastated to discover he was only in the Army nine days before his death, a hero in many ways. I return to conduct music events in Ipswich frequently as a guest and am now very proud to know via this excellent site so much of my family background. Thank you so much to all who have built this site and maintain the memory of my great Uncle


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