Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1895, Stoke, Suffolk.

Died: 31st July 1917; KiA.

Residence: 8, Handford Square, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location; Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 15th August 1914 – Flanders.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 10662

Regiment: Cameronian (Scottish Rifles) 10th Battalion.


Medals Awarded; Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Military Medal.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 22.

Ypres ( Menin Gate) Memorial,






1901   117, Harland Street, Stoke, Ipswich.


William was 5 years old, his surname was Goodrich. He was living with his parents, siblings & widowed maternal grandmother.

George Steele, 47, a Steel Planer, born Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Louisa Maria Goodrich, 39, born St. Peter’s, Ipswich.

James Steele Goodrich, 11, born Ipswich.

Herbert Sidney Steele Goodrich, 8, born Ipswich.

Ethel May Steele Goodrich, 2, born Ipswich.

Albert Edward Steele Goodrich, 2 months, born Ipswich.

Mary Goodrich, 69, a Monthly Nurse, born Ipswich.


1911   5, Robinson Street, Ipswich.


Willie was 16 years old, his surname was Goodrich. He was a Labourer – Iron Foundry, and living with his father & siblings.

George, 57, an Iron Planer – Iron Foundry.

Herbert, 19, a Labourer – Iron Foundry.

May, 13.

‘Johnie’ Albert, 10.


William’s mother, Lousia Maria Goodrich died January 1911, Ipswich.


In 1916, Ipswich, William married Emily S. Higgins, born 1896, Manchester, Lancashire. They had 1 son:

Leslie Arnold Steele, born February 1918, Chorlton, Lancashire – died 9th November 1944. A Private of the 1st Battalion Manchester Regiment. Leslie joined up before the war and was captured at Singapore. He died when the Hofuku Maru was bombed off the Phillipines. Foster son of Mr & Mrs P. T. Rostrick.


Soldiers’ Effects to Emily Steele – widow.


Cameronian (Scottish Rifles) 10th Battalion

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