Born: 1896, Colchester, Essex.

Died: 18th December 1918; age 22; Died of Dysentery – at the 32nd Casualty Clearing Hospital, Beirut.

Date of Entry Therein: 17th November 1915 – France.

Rank: Acting Bombardier; Service Number: 885136

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 270th Brigade.

Formerly 740, Royal Field Artillery.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War, 1915 Star.


Grave Reference.


Beirut War Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Kate Emma Rushbrooke (formerly Welsh), of 91, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich & the late William Knighton Welsh.


1901   15, Charles Street, Colchester, Essex.


Willie was 4 years old and living with his parents, sister & maternal grandmother.

William Knighton Welsh, 39, an Engineers Stock Keeper, born Deptford, Kent.

Kate Emma Welsh (nee Brown), 25, born Colchester.

Violet Lilian Knighton Welsh, 1, born Colchester.

Sophia Brown, 54, a Charwoman, born Ardleigh, Essex.


1911   91, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.


Willie was 14 years old, a Grocer’s Assistant. He was living with his widowed mother, sister & grandmother.

Kate, 35, a Matron of Crèche.

Violet, 11.

Sophia Brown, 64.


Willie’s father, William Knighton Welsh died, 1901, Colchester, Essex.


Soldiers’ Effects to Kate E. Rushbrooke – mother.


Willie is also remembered on the war memorial at Christ Church, Tacket Street, Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich.



Royal Field Artillery



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