Born: 1886, Ipswich.

Died: 12th March 1915; age 29; KiA near Neuve Chapelle.

Residence: 23, Trinity Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2305

Regiment Location: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion, C Company.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


In 1920, the body was discovered, exhumed, and identified by a Cross on the grave before reburial among many unknown/unnamed soldiers at Guards Cemetery.

Also found at the same map reference were the bodies of John Edmund Podd, 106 (identified by clothing and numerals), James Robert Liffen 73, and Arthur Reginald Jacobs, 2368 (both bodies identified by an erected Cross), all Ipswich men.


Grave Reference:


Guards Cemetery,

Windy Corner,


Pas de Calais,



Brother-in-law and next-door neighbour to STEPHEN WEBB.




1891   30, Beck Street, Ipswich.


William was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Mortimer, 31, a Shoemaker, born Tuddenham, Suffolk.

Eliza Mortimer (nee Stopher), 31, born Ipswich.

Lily Caroline Mortimer, 3, born Ipswich.

George Alfred Mortimer, 1, born Ipswich.


1901   30, Beck Street, Ipswich.


William was 15 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William, 42, a Warehouseman – Boot Factory.

Eliza, 42.

Lily, 13.

George, 11.

Laura Edith Mortimer, 10, born Ipswich.

Arthur Ernest Mortimer, 7, born Ipswich.

Herbert Robert Mortimer, 4, born Ipswich.

Elsie May Mortimer, 2, born Ipswich.


1911   23, Trinity Street, Ipswich.


William was 25 years old, a Labourer – Almonds Manufacturer. He was married & Head of the Household.

Ethel, 25.

Stephen, 2.


In 1908, Ipswich, William married Ethel Rose Webb, born 1885, Ipswich – daughter of Henry Webb, a quay stevedore, and Susan Webb, of 31, Devonshire Road, Ipswich.

Ethel and William had one son:

Stephen William Mortimer, born March 1909, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Ethel Rose Mortimer – widow.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at  Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich.


The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 10th – 13th March 1915 was the first planned British offensive of the war. The objective was to take the German line at the Village of Neueve Chapelle and break out and head towards the City of Lille, with the main objective taking the Aubers Ridge beyond which was of strategic value. The Battle started well with a heavy bombardment of the German line (more shells fired on this occasion than the entire Boer War) with an advance which successfully took most of the first and second line trenches, but due to poor communications stalled once the village had been taken. The Germans then had time to set up more defensive lines outside of the village and hold the British advance. 40,000 British and Indian troops took part in the Battle with over 10,000+ Casualties.

The 4th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment entered the battle on the 11th of March taking up positions on the outskirts of the Neuve Chapelle facing the Bois Du Biez which later were ordered to occupy. The 4th Battalion lost many men through shelling on their positions followed by a counterattack on the 12th by the Germans. In total, the Battalion sustained 217 casualties.


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