Born: 1899, Ipswich.

Died: 02.45am, 2nd November 1918; age 20; Pneumonia/Influenza – at Bangor Military Hospital. Served 202 days.

Residence: 34, Levington Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Apprentice Fitter;

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 15th April 1918; Age: 19 years & 4 months; Religion: Wesleyan. Signed up for the duration of the war. Next of kin: father – John Emsden, 34, Levington Road, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 5 1/2ins.


Rank: Pioneer; Service Number: 35302

Regiment: Royal Engineers, ‘C’ Depot Coy.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,







1901   77, Newton Road, Ipswich.


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

John Emsden, 40, an Iron Plough – Fitter, born Ipswich.

Eliza Emsden (nee Cuckow), 38, born Ipswich.

Emily Dorothy Emsden, 10, born Ipswich.

Herbert John Emsden, 8, born Ipswich.

Edwin James Emsden, 6, born Ipswich.

Winifred Mary Emsden, 4, born Ipswich.


1911   34, Levington Road, Ipswich.


William was 12 years old and living with his parents, siblings & cousin.

John, 50, an Iron Fitter – Agricultural Engineers.

Eliza, 48.

Herbert, 18, a Clerk – Estate Agent.

Edwin, 16, a Milk Carrier – Co-Operative Stores.

Winifred, 14.

Joy Emsden, 5, born Ipswich.

William Mayhew, 27, a Dairy Man, born Islington, London.


William is also remembered on ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S CHURCH WAR MEMORIAL, Ipswich.

Edwin James Emsden (brother) mentioned in 1918 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.

The above picture shows four Suffolk men who have come together in hospital in India. Two of them are patients, the other two being at present on the hospital staff. All of them have been on service since the beginning of 1915, in Gallipoli, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and their names are: Pte. P. Greengrass, R.A.M.C., of Finborough, Stowmarket; Gunner E.J. Emsden, R.F.A., Levington Road, Ipswich; Gunner J. Woods, R.G.A., of Norton, Bury St. Edmund’s; and Pte. W. Ling, R.A.M.C., Riverside Road, Ipswich. Ling and Emsden have now met for the first time in 13 years, when they were boys at school together.

Royal Engineers, ‘C’ Depot Coy:

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