Born: 1882, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Died: 13th May 1915; age: 33; KiA – St. Jean.

Residence: Small Heath, Birmingham, Warwickshire.

Date of Entry Therein: 27th August 1914.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 8406.

Regiment: Essex Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 39.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,






1891    St. John’s Home for Boys & Girls, Bloomfield Street, Ipswich.

William was 9 years old, he was an Inmate/Pauper together with his siblings at the Workhouse School.

Ada Alice Austwick, 10, born Ipswich.

Rose Emma Austwick, 6, born Ipswich.

Edward Austwick, 5, born Ipswich.


1911   4, Hams Road, Saltley, Birmingham, Warwickshire.

William was 28 years old, a Railway Labourer. He was a Boarder at the home of 58 year old, widow, Sarah Ann McCallum.


Father: William Austwick, born 1849, at sea (son of Nicholas Austwick, a Mariner), baptised: Knottingley, Yorkshire. A Fireman on a steamer.

Mother: Mary Ann Austwick (nee Palmer), born 1853, Bramford, Suffolk – died 1889, Ipswich.


In 1912, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, William married Elizabeth Alice Saunders. They had 1 son:

William Edward Austwick, born July 1914, Aston, Warwickshire.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mrs Elizabeth Alice Jenkins – widow.


In March 2000, William’s set of medals went up for auction at DNW. Estimate £60 – £80 – hammer price £100. Callingtons Collectables advertised William’s Death Plaque – £149.


St John’s Children’s Home

A separate home for pauper children was first proposed by Ipswich Union in around 1870. This was an unusual step for non-metropolitan unions at this time, and may have been the result of space shortage at the Great Whip Street workhouse. Plans were produced in 1871 and 1873 for a long building with a central block flanked by separate wings containing boys’ and girls’ accommodation. The building, eventually erected at Bloomfield Street in 1879, accommodated 80 boys and 50 girls. The boys were taught to work on the land, and in tailoring and shoe-making. The girls were taught needlework and other household skills to equip them for domestic service. A small infirmary was later added.


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