Royal Gomer

Royal Reginald Gomer (1897 – 1918) lived with his parents Robert and Jane and brothers and sisters at 87 Albert Street. In 1911, when he was 13 he had a part time job as a milliner’s errand boy.

Roy served with the Bedfordshire Regiment. In March 1918, when he was 21, the St Peter’s Parish Magazine reported that he was one of several men of the parish missing “Uncertainty as to the fate of these is causing great anxiety”. In fact he had been killed in action on 24th March 1918.

Roy is remembered on the Arras Memorial and at home on the roll of honour in St Peter’s Church, North Hill. His British War and Victory medals, memorial plaque, and his St Peter’s Church Sunday School attendance medal are in the Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service collection.


Sources:
1901 census
1911 census
1903 – 1913 Admission Register
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
CWGC
St Peter’s Parish Magazine (March 1918)