Ipswich solicitors Kerseys to mark 100th anniversary of death of founder’s son at Passchendaele

William Henry Myddelton Kersey, the only son of Kerseys Solicitors founder William Edward Kersey, wh

William Henry Myddelton Kersey, the only son of Kerseys Solicitors founder William Edward Kersey, who died during the First World War - Credit: Archant

Ipswich solicitors Kerseys is today marking the 100th anniversary of the death of its founder’s son, who was killed serving in the First World War.

The grave of William Henry Myddelton Kersey, who died at Passchendaele during the First World War

The grave of William Henry Myddelton Kersey, who died at Passchendaele during the First World War - Credit: Archant

The firm was established in 1881 by William Edward Kersey, then 21.

He had one son, William Henry Myddelton Kersey, who was set to join the family firm but died aged 24 in the conflict at Passchendaele on October 17, 1917.

Myddelton, as he was known, was killed near Ypres when a stray shell landed in his unit’s dug-out during the early hours of the morning while they slept.

As a mark of respect to Myddelton and others who lost their lives during the conflict, a minute’s silence is being held.

Senior partner Anthony Wooding said: “It’s sad, but also important to be reminded of our long history.

“It helps us to put our difficulties into perspective and recognise the opportunities many of us have today.”

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