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Suffolk Regiment

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Those known to have served with

Suffolk Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Anderson Charles Fred. Pte 9th Btn (d.23rd November 1915)
  • Andrews David. Pte Suffolk Regement (d.15th October 1916)
  • Atkins Moses. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • Baldock William. Pte.
  • Baldwin William Benjamin. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.5th March 1917)
  • Baldwin William. Pte.
  • Bates Richard. Pte. 2nd/5th Btn.
  • Blinco Charles William. Sgt. 2nd Btn (d.19th Apr 1918)
  • Bowers George David. Pte. 11th Btn (d.24th Oct 1918)
  • Brighton Austin Benjamin John. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Bristow Sidney Marcus. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.26th Sep 1917)
  • Bury Edward Basil. Lt. 6th Btn.
  • Calver Joseph Ernest. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.26th Aug 1917)
  • Cartz Louis. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Cartz Louis. Pte. 2nd Btn. Z Company
  • Claydon John. Pte. 5th Btn.
  • Cockle Clarence Tapscott. Lt. 5th Battalion (d.10th September 1918)
  • Collier Frederick John. Pte. 2/8th Battalion (d.12th May 1917)
  • Cook George Arthur. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Cubitt Frederick Salter. Mjr. 4th Battalion
  • Cubitt Lawrence. Pte.
  • Curd G. 11th Btn.
  • Cutting Ernest. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.26th Apr 1917)
  • Cutting Percy William. Cpl.
  • D'Hooghe Jack. L/Cpl 7th Bttn (d.3rd July 1916)
  • Davey H.. Pte.
  • Day . Cpl. 11th Btn.
  • Dewing Bertie. Pte 11th Battalion (d.9th April 1918)
  • Durrant James William. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.3rd July 1916)
  • Durrent . (d.15th Sept 1916)
  • Dyer James. Pte.
  • Dymott George Henry. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.26th/27th Sep 1917)
  • Eaton Charles. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Sep 1917)
  • Edwards Charles. Sjt.
  • Eighteen Fredrick Charles. Pte 5th Btn. (d.10th Mar 1916)
  • Faithful James Henry. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.15th November 1918)
  • Farrow William James. L/Cpl. 1/5th Btn.
  • Francis Reginald Clement. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.16th Dec 1914)
  • Gawthorpe Thomas William. L/Cpl 11th Btn. (d.2nd Sep 1917)
  • Goody Walter. RSM 7th Btn. (d.6th Apr 1918)
  • Griffiths Arthur Ivor. 2nd Lt. 12th Btn. (d.3rd Aug 1917)
  • Grinham James Edward. Sjt. 8th Btn.
  • Hall Arthur George. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn.
  • Hart Benjamin A.. Pte. 1st/7th Btn. (d.6th Feb 1917)
  • Harvey Herbert. 11th Battalion (d.2nd July 1916)
  • Hazell Oscar Reginald. Sgt. 11th Btn. (d.19th Apr 1918)
  • Hazelwood Ernest. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.3rd July 1916)
  • Holman Albert Hector. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Holmes Eli. 1st Bn. (d.25th May 1915)
  • Howard Samuel. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.28th Nov 1916)
  • Hughes Ashton Harry. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.18th Aug 1916)
  • Jordan James Henry. Pte 7th Btn
  • Keeble Frederick William. CSM 7th Btn.
  • Key Jacob Rita. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.8th May 1915)
  • King Thomas William. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • King Thomas William. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • Knock Robert Edwin. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • Knott Ernest. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.5th October 1915)
  • Lee Leslie. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Nov 1918)
  • Mackinder Joseph Liney. Pte. 2nd Batallion (d.1st Oct 1918)
  • Mackinder Joseph Liney. Pte 2nd Battalion (d.1st October 1918)
  • Manton Harry. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Marchant George R.S.. Pte.
  • Meadows Ebenezer John. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.20th November 1917)
  • Montagu Edward. Col.
  • Moyes Arthur William. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.6th Jan 1918)
  • Mutum William F.. Pte.
  • O'Brien James. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.23rd March 1917)
  • Parkes Alfred. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Pitts John Anthony. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.26th Sep 1918)
  • Plumb Arthur. Pte.
  • Prentice Ernest W..
  • Race Horace Victor. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.28th April 1917)
  • Robinson Bert John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.8th October 1918)
  • Salmon Thomas. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Saunders . Sjt. 9th Btn.
  • Smith Arthur Henry. Pte 12th (Bantams)
  • Smith Arthur. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.16th Sep 1916)
  • Smith Cecil Springett. Cpl. 12th (Bantams)
  • Smith Sidney Charles. Pte. 15th Btn.
  • Snell Harry Prentice. Cpl. 1/5th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Songhurst Thomas James. Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.11th May 1917)
  • Spurling Frederick Ernest. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Stannard George Walter. Sgt. 4th Battalion (d.8th July 1916)
  • Stearns Morris William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.16th Sept 1916)
  • Stofer Eric Francis. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.28th Oct 1918)
  • Tillett Reginald. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.3rd July 1916)
  • Twigg William Oliver. L/Cpl. 9th Battalion (d.28th April 1917)
  • Viall Albert Edward. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.30th July 1917)
  • Walker Frederick William. 14th Battalion
  • Warren Charles A.. Pte.
  • Watkins James. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.23rd Sep 1918)
  • Willmott Harry. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Wood Charles. Pte
  • Woollard Eric. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.13th Oct1915)
  • Wright Charles. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.3rd Jul 1916)
  • Wright Joseph Henry. Pte. 12th Battalion (d.6th Jan 1918)

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CSM Frederick William Keeble MM 7th Btn. Suffolk Regiment

CSM Frederick Keeble MM was my Grandfather, the only thing he told me about the trenches was they had to eat candles when food was short. I'm told he was wounded 4 times and I know he had bullet holes in his legs that Dad said you could put your finger in and that on his death bed the doctor took off his shirt to reveal a lump of shrapnel visible under the skin on his chest, my Grandmother had never seen him without his shirt on so had no idea it was there.

I don't really know how he won the MM but the story is they were pinned down by a German machine gun nest and no-one could move, after a while Grandad said 'well I've had enough of this' he advanced on the nest, under fire, lobbed some grenades in and bayoneted the men who came out.

After the war Grandads unit were guarding supply trains bound for Germany he was instructed to shoot anyone caught stealing from the trains, an Australian troop train pulled up and the men on board promptly raided the trains which were full of bully beef and all sorts, Grandad is said to have stepped out and on seeing the Australians said 'best we go round the back and have another fag', he wouldn't give the order to open fire, as a result he left the Army without reference which made it hard to get a job.

Paul Keeble


Pte. Sidney Charles Smith 15th Btn. Suffolk Regiment

Pte. Sidney Charles Smith

Sidney Charles Smith was born at Darsham, Suffolk, son of Abraham Smith and Charlotte (Nee Hambling). He married Rose Ann Norman in 1904. He enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment on the 4th May, 1915. Served in France and was wounded three times. He was discharged on the 8th February, 1919. His name is on the Roll of Honour inside All Saints Church, Darsham. After the war Sidney learned the shoe trade under Messrs Ives at Halesworth under the government's rehabilitation scheme. He became a boot repairer. In 1923 he became the village Postman at Darsham. He served as the village Postman for the ext 34 years. He died at Darshamon the 11th May, 1960.

Mary Felgate


Pte. James O'Brien 9th Btn. Suffolk Regiment (d.23rd March 1917)

James O'Brien was killed in action on the 23rd of March1917 and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery in France. He resided at 40 Hargreaves Street, Colne.

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Pte. Bert John Robinson 2nd Btn. Suffolk Regiment (d.8th October 1918)

Bert Robinson died on the 8th of October 1918, aged 27 and is buried in the Naves Communal Cemetery Extension in France.

s flynn


Pte. Alfred Parkes 2nd Btn. Suffolk Regiment

Alfred Parkes at 16

Alfred Parkes was a Boy Soldier. He was only just 16 years old when he was volunteering in August 1915. He was drafted three months later to the Western Front where he was engaged in several sectors and took part in the Battle of the Somme, the Battle at Arras, the Battle at Cambrai and finally the Battle of St Quentin. During these engagements he was wounded and afterwards returning home he was discharged in November 1918. He holds the 1914 - 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals.

alfred parkes wedding day

Simon Long


Pte. Albert Hector Holman 9th Btn. Suffolk Regiment (d.23rd April 1917)

Albert Holman died of wounds on the 23rd of April 1917, aged 28 and is buried in in the Bethune Town Cemetery in France. He was the husband of Ethel Holman, of 45, Milner St., Burnley

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2nd Lt. Arthur Ivor Griffiths 12th Btn. Suffolk Regiment (d.3rd Aug 1917)

Arthur Griffiths is buried in Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-Le-Grand.

Penelope Austin


Pte. Reginald Clement Francis DCM. 2nd Btn. Suffolk Regiment (d.16th Dec 1914)

Menin gate

Reginald Clement Francis and his brother Frederick Benjamin Francis are both recorded on the war memorial in the village of Fordham, Essex.

Reginald Francis served with the Special Reserve attached to the 2nd Battalion. He was awarded the DCM for conspicuous gallantry on 15th December 1914, near Kemmel, in voluntarily taking a message over very dangerous ground. His destination was 150 yards in front and he was killed after covering 80yds of the distance. He was killed in action at Le Cateau on the 16th December 1914. He is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial Ypres. Reginald was one of seven children liiving in Bradfield, Essex and Hadleigh, Suffolk. In 1911, the rest of the family including brother Frederick were living in Clare Suffolk. In 1915/1916 their father Benjamin and his family are recorded on the Occupier's List in Plummers Green, Fordham, Essex. When the village war memorial was built in 1919, the Francis brothers were included.

His brother Frederick Francis died on the 20th of October 1918 age 21, he was a prisoner of war and is buried at Szcztpiorno P.O.W. Cemetery. He was with the Royal Scots 12th Battalion, Service number: 353210.

Wendy Shepherd


Pte. Sidney Marcus Bristow 4th Btn. Suffolk Regiment (d.26th Sep 1917)

Sidney Bristow was born in London in 1880, but by the 1911 census was living in Haddenham, Cambridgeshire with the Russell family, where he worked as a gardener. He was very much involved with the local community, singing in the church choir and taking an active role in the local branch of the Church of England Men's Society. He applied for exemption from military service in March 1916, which was refused as he did not attend the hearing, and joined the 4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment in April 1916, arriving in France on 23rd May 1917.

In a letter from his brother, Mrs Russell heard about Sydney's death on 26th September 1917. He had been killed in action by a shell, instantaneously. Not long before, Sidney had sent a copy of his will to his brother with a note to say that he had a presentiment that something would happen. His name is recorded on the Haddenham War Memorial.



Pte. Charles Eaton 2nd Btn. Suffolk Regiment (d.21st Sep 1917)

Charles Eaton was killed at 3rd Ypres, almost certainly by shellfire prior to the Battalion advance on the mill at Zonnebeke. His body was not found and he is commemorated on the wall at Tyne Cott Cemetery. His medals are in the Suffolk Regiment Museum at Bury St Edmunds.

M. D. Green


Frederick William Walker 14th Battalion Suffolk Regiment

Grandad, Frederick Walker, was a shopkeeper in the Streatham / Mitcham area of south London. His two older sons had both volunteered for the Army in 1913 and were both serving on the front line in France in 1916. That year, due the heavy losses on the battle front, an appeal went out for older men to join up for home duties in order to release younger soldiers. Grandad volunteered, was placed in the Suffolk Regiment, 14th Battalion and posted to Alexandra Palace (known to Londoners as Ally Pally). This grand building was being used as an internment camp for German and Austrian civilian aliens. Grandad was not a strong man, and after it was agreed he was not fit enough for guard duties he worked in the cookhouse for the rest of the war. Granny had to run the shop with help of my dad, aged 13, and two younger sisters. Dad's life story gives details of being able to visit his dad at Ally Pally on a regular basis. It also describes the fear when the Germans dropped their bombs from zeppelins, not knowing they were bombing fellow Germans.


L/Cpl. William Oliver Twigg 9th Battalion Suffolk Regiment (d.28th April 1917)

I know very little of William. Only that we share a common ancester.



Col. Edward Montagu CBE Suffolk Regiment

Col. Edward Montagu served with the Suffolk Regiment.

Katharine Montagu


Mjr. Frederick Salter Cubitt MC. 4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment

Frederick Cubitt signed up November 1914 and was on active service throughout the war and with the Army of Occupation in Germany. After the war he went to Calcutta and became a jute broker. Later he became secretary of the Bengal Club and a member of the committee in India that raised £187,000 for British War Services in India. Frederick was an expert gardener who used hydroponic methods to raise vegetables in the 1940's when at the Bengal Club. He died in 1950

Dr W.D. Cubitt


Pte. Morris William Stearns 9th Btn. Suffolk Regiment (d.16th Sept 1916)

Morris Stearns served with the 9th Suffolk Regiment

Maurice's Wife Ellen.

Lynne Pell


L/Cpl. Arthur George Hall 2nd Btn. Suffolk Regiment

My Grandfather Arthur Hall had previously served in the Boar War at end of century and at some point he was in Belfast. But when war broke out he was in civilian life. We have established he joined up again on 12th of November 1914. He was shipped to France on 6th of July 1915. At this point we cannot find out what he did in France.

However we pick up the trail in Switzerland where he was interned at Murren on 19th December 1916. The German and British governments had an agreement to intern prisoners of war in neutral countries. Arthur Hall had been a POW in Venant d'Ohrdruf Germany. When and how he became a POW we do not know. He was transferred to Switzerland end of 1916 with a wound to left hand. At some point my grandmother visited my grandfather in Switzerland. There was a charitable organisation which took soldiers' wives to see them when they were interned.

He was discharged on 26th March 1919 by reason of "wounds". That year in December my mother was born on 30/12/19. We believed he was also gassed at some point during the war. He died as a civilian during WW2.

Any information would be appreciated.

Pip Evans


Pte. Jacob Rita Key 1st Btn. Suffolk Regiment (d.8th May 1915)

Jacob Key was one of my grandmother's older brothers. Two others were also killed in action. She campaigned to have the plaque bearing their names salvaged when the church in which it had been put up was deconsecrated. She succeeded. She was also proud that he was commemorated on the Menin Gate. David, who died in September 1916 is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial and Frederick, died 8th August 1918, on the Ploegstraat memorial. None of their bodies were ever found. I have visited them all.

As my grandmother was the daughter at home during the war, and the one who could read, which her parents couldn't, imagine how she had to deal with imparting the news contained in letters from the army.

Rita Eustace


Pte. George Henry Dymott 4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment (d.26th/27th Sep 1917)

George Dymott was married to Florence with a son aged three and a daughter Florence under a year old. He died of wounds aged 24 and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial. He was my Granddad's cousin.

Jacqueline Taylor


Pte. Joseph Ernest Calver 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment (d.26th Aug 1917)

Joe Calver, Private 43434, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment was killed in action on 26th August 1917 in France & Flanders, aged 29. He enlisted at Lowestoft, formerly 2089, Suffolk Cyclist Battalion. He was the son of Charles and Mary Calver of 61, Crown St., Lowestoft, and husband of Sarah A. E. Calver of 14, Sparham's Buildings, St. Peter's St., Lowestoft. He has no known grave, but is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.



Pte Joseph Liney Mackinder MM 2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment (d.1st October 1918)

Joseph, like many of his family, was an Agricultural Worker before enlisting in the Suffolk Regiment. He was killed in action on 1st October 1918 - just six weeks before the end of the war. He was awarded the Military Medal and he is commemorated on the memorial at Vis-en-Artois (Panel 4)

Charmaine Johnson

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