Born: 1898, Harwich, Essex.

Died: 4th April 1917; age 19; KiA.

Residence: 185, Rosehill Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Rotherhithe, Kent.


Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: S/31626

Regiment: The Rifle Brigade, 11th Battalion.

Formerly 19502, Suffolk Regiment.


Grave Reference:


Neuville-Bourjonval British Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,





1901   4, Station Road, Harwich, Essex.


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

William Lucas, 48, a Master Mariner, born Woolverstone, Suffolk.

Amelia Lucas (nee Alderton), 42, born Walton, Suffolk.

Amelia Lucas, 20, born Harwich, Essex.

Ann Lucas, 15, born Harwich.

Joseph Edward Lucas, 13, born Harwich.

Violet May Lucas, 11, born Harwich.

Maude Elsie Lucas, 8, born Harwich.

Ernest Lucas, 3 months, born Harwich.


1911   1, Lime Villas, Main Road, Dovercourt, Essex.


William was 13 years old and living with his siblings at the home of his widowed father.

Ellen Lucas, 17, born Harwich.

Ann, 25.

Maud, 18 – died May 1915, Dovercourt.

Ernest, 10.


William’s mother Amelia Lucas died in 1901, Harwich, Essex. His father Captain William Lucas died in 1914, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to sisters – Amelia Lucas, Mrs. Ellen Ireland (wife of George B. Ireland), and Mrs. Annie Ireland ( wife of Charles E. Ireland), and brothers – Joseph Edward Lucas, & Ernest Lucas – a Drummer, 5819491. Sister Mrs. Violet May Chapman died in 1920, in Harwich, her share of the soldiers’ effects was still to be sorted.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.


The Rifle Brigade, 11th Battalion


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