Image from the Edward Packard memorial, at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford. Courtesy of Kelvin D.
Born: 21st September 1885, Bramford, Suffolk.
Died: 27th April 1917; age 32; Accidentally killed, after the Second Battle of Gaza, when the side of a wadi collapsed. Although William was pulled free he showed no signs of reaction to the doctor’s persistence to revive him.
Two other men were buried under the debris, and were pulled out, bruised and suffering from shock.
Employed: at the Chemical Works, Bramford for 18 years.
Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk; Date: 18th November 1916.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 320735
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 15th Battalion.
Formerly 19998, Suffolk Regiment.
Extract from Major Edward Cadogan’s diary – The next day Frank Goldsmith and I took the body of the poor man in a cart and buried him in a sort of garden surrounded by cactus and overlooking a magnificent view of the countryside.
Israel & Palestine (including Gaza).
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs Scrivener, of 485, Bramford Road, Ipswich.
Brother to FRED CLAUDE SCRIVENER.
1891 17, Landseer Terace, Bramford Road, Bramford.
William was 5 years old and living with his parents & twin brothers.
Edward Abbott Scrivener, 39, a Mixer – Chemical Works, born Sproughton, Suffolk.
Mary Scrivener (nee Jarold), 39, born Bramford, Suffolk.
George Ernest Scrivener, 8, born Ipswich.
Fred Claude Scrivener, 8, born Ipswich.
1901 507, Bramford Road, Ipswich.
William was 15 years old, a Labourer – Mineral Water Manufacturer. He was living with his widowed mother & twin brothers.
George, 18, a General Labourer.
Fred, 18, a General Labourer.
1911 507, Bramford Road, Ipswich.
William was 26 years old, a Labourer – Chemical Manure Works. He was living with his mother.
Mary, 60, a Laundress – own account.
William’s father, Edward Abbott Scrivener died 1894, Bramford, Suffolk.
Soldiers’ Effects to Mary Scrivener – mother and Bertha – sister-in-law.
William is also remembered on the Packard Memorial formally found in the office of Fisons Ltd., Papermill Lane, Bramford, Suffolk. Now hangs at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford.
Suffolk Regiment, 15th Battalion: