Born: 1878, Ipswich.

Died: 24th April 1915; age 37; KiA by shell.

E.A.D.T – Saturday, 18th September 1915 – Mrs. Bales, of 24, Fore Hamlet, Ipswich, has in reply to her inquires been officially notified that her husband, Private William Bales, of the 1st Suffolk Regiment, was killed in action on the 24th April 1915.

Residence: Fore Hamlet, Ipswich.

Occupation: Ransomes Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 11th March 1915 – France.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/10341

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & the 1914 – 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 21.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,






1881   Trinity Hill, Ipswich.


Willie was 3 years old and living with his parents, siblings & stepsister.

John Knights Bales, 27, born Ipswich.

Lucy Bales (nee Minns), 27, born East Bergholt, Suffolk.

Florence Matilda Minns, 10, born Barham, Suffolk.

Frederick James Bales, 5, born Ipswich.

Henry Charles Bales, 3 months, born Ipswich.


1891   12, Back Hamlet, Ipswich.


Willie was 13 years old and living with his parents, siblings & stepsister.

John, 37, a Gas House Labourer.

Lucy, 37, a Stay Fanner.

Florence, 19, a Stay Fanner.

Frederick, 15.

Henry, 10.

Lily Maud Bales, 6, Born Ipswich.

Caroline Milly Bales, 5, born Ipswich.

Beatrice Annie Bales, 4, born Ipswich.


1911   31, White Elm Street, Ipswich.


Willie was 33 years old, a Share Moulder. He was married and Head of the Household.

Beatrice, 23.

Mabel, 3.

Frederick, 1.


In 1906, in Ipswich, Willie married Beatrice Markwell, born September 1887, Ipswich – daughter of George William Markwell, an iron moulder – engineering works, and Emma Markwell (nee Hill), of 41, Priory Street, Ipswich.

Beatrice and Willie had three children:

Mabel Lucy Emma Bales, December 1907, Ipswich.

Frederick Horace Ernest Bales, born April 1909, Ipswich.

Sidney William John Bales, born July 1911, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Beatrice Bales – widow.


Willie is also remembered on the Orwell Works memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies, and at Holy Trinity Church Ipswich.



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