Resource Guide - The 11th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment
(The Cambs Suffolks)
This site - current contents
Frequently asked questions (FAQ). Everything you wanted to know about the 11th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment. With links to pertinent parts of this site and off-site resources. A good starting point for the new visitor.
Cambs Suffolks Chronology A listing of the major events featuring in the short history of the 11th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment's history.
An account of the first three months of the Battalion's existence. Includes two photographs of the Battalion, one of which shows members of the band. Also includes photographs of the grave site of the first casualty - 17 year old Sid Shepherd.
Part One of excerpts from 11th Suffolks War Diary Concerning events up to and including 1st July 1916
The military funeral of Sergeant Beaumont of the 11th Battalion, The suffolk Regiment. December 1915 in Rook Street, Cottenham. Stunning before and after photographic comparison.
Cambs Suffolks - Soldiers died and killed prior to 1st July 1916. Alphabetical list of Cambs Suffolk men killed or died prior to 1st July 1916. Includes regimental numbers and place where buried or commemorated. First death and first death in action.
Cambs Suffolks - Soldiers died and killed prior to 1st July 1916 - Photo Supplement. Photographs of the graves of the first battlefield casualties. Picture of grave of Captain O.H.Brown DSO., MC.
Part Two of excerpts from 11th Battalion Suffolks War Diary Concerning events on and beyond 1st July 1916
Cambs Suffolks - Soldiers killed on 1st July 1916. Alphabetical list of Cambs Suffolk men killed 1st July 1916. Includes Regimental Numbers and place where buried or commemorated. Illustrated with stunning picture of a commemorative window in St Michaels Church, Longstanton, Cambs.
Excerpts from the Battalion War Diary - April 1917 - covering the Battalion's involvement in the Arras offensive in april 1917. Includes the assault on the Chemical Factory at Roeux. Added April 2001. Pictures of the battlefield taken in February 2001.
Details of 9th April 1917 casualties and picture of the 20 Grimsby Chums found in April 2001.
The Attack on the Chemical Factory at Roeux. A costly failure for the Cambs Suffolks. Includes fascinating before and after aerial reconaissance photographs of the Works illustrating the lethal effect of a concentrated artillery barrage.
Map Supplement for the Roeux story. See above. Shows a map for each of the two assaults that the Cambs Suffolks were involved in during the Arras Battle. 9th April 1917 and 28th April 1917.
Defense on the River Lys. How the Cambs Suffolks helped hold the line in the face of the mighty German Kaiserschlacht offensive in the Spring of 1918.
Full list of all 970 fatal casualties. Includes regimental numbers and place where buried or commemorated.
Honours awarded to the Cambridgeshire Battalion the Suffolk Regiment. A listing of awards given to men of the Cambs Suffolks.
Picture of Cambs Suffolks Officers Taken in February 1919 near Abbeville in France on the occasion of the Presentation and Consecration of colours to the Cambs Suffolks.
Swavesey will remember - The story of the Cambs,Suffolk Battalion including the first day of the Somme.
Roll of Officers who served with the Battalion in France. Shows name, joining date, departure date and other detail.
The letters of Isaac Mack (killed 1st July 1916). Isaac Mack was born in 1892. Son of Isaac A. and Martha S. Mack, of 44, Balliol Rd., Bootle, Liverpool. He attended the Leys School, Cambridge in 1909 from the age of 17 and went into School House. He was a Prefect, won First Colours at Football and was awarded the Kelvin Leaving Scholarship. On leaving school, Mack won an Exhibition to Jesus College, University of Cambridge, to read History. He hoped to gain entry to the Indian Civil Service. At the outbreak of war, Mack obtained a commission in the 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment and served with distinction in France. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916. He was aged 24 and had reached the rank of Captain. His brother also died during the war. He is buried at Gordon Dump Cemetery, Somme, grave number VI. F. 4. His father was Mayor of Bootle 1895-6.
Off site - resources
Corporal Day's Victoria Cross. Corporal Day's last resting place.
CWGC - to search for individual burial sites.
Swavesey Chronicles Photo Supplement - Includes photographs of Lochnager Crater and other Cambs Suffolks reference points in Northern France.
For further resources see FAQ.