11th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment

Soldiers Died or Killed Prior to the First Day of the Battle of the Somme


Soldiers killed or died prior to the 1st July 1916

11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment

The Scroll of Honour for Reg Nightingale who was Killed in Action on 23rd May 1916 and is buried at Becourt. His son, who lives on the Arbury Estate in Cambridge served with the B.E.F. in World War Two and was evacuated from a Dunkirk Beach in 1940.  

Surname - First Name(s) - Number - Date of Death - Born - Enlisted - Grave or Memorial

Armstrong - Frederick Charles - 16838 - 12/03/16 - Upwell - Cambridge - Brewery Orchard Cemetery

Barnes - John William - 13685 - 20/05/16 - Witchford - Ely - Witchford (St Andrew) Churchyard - UK

Beaumont - Albert William - 3/10374 - 19/12/15 - Soham - Cambridge - Cottenham Dissenters Cemetery - UK

Bolton - George Henry - 13792 - 22/05/16 - Grantchester - Cambridge - Becourt Military Cemetery

Brown - George - 16301 - 02/04/16 - West Wratting - Linton - Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension

Bullman - Arthur Jack - 16445 - 12/09/15 - Swaffham Prior - Cambridge - Swaffham Prior Cemetery - UK

Carlton - Albert - 16296 - 08/06/16 - Gazelley, Suffolk - Luton - Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe

Casey - George - 17523 - 24/05/16 - Cambridge - Cambridge - Becourt Military Cemetery

Claughton - Ian Drummond - N/A - 02/03/16 - Not Known - Not Known - Brewery Orchard Cemetery

Cross - Francis James - 15949 - 13/06/16 - Prickwillow - Ely - St Sever Cemetery, Rouen

Dring - Gadsby - 18636 - 21/06/16 - Chatteris - Chatteris - Becourt Military Cemetery

Frost - Montague Henry - 17356 - 23/05/16 - Cambridge - Cambridge - Albert Communal Cemetery Extension

Goddard - Sidney - 13675 - 02/06/16 - Cambridge - Newmarket - Becourt Military Cemetery

Hagger - Leonard - 15610 - 22/06/16 - Thriplow - Cambridge - Boisguillaume Communal Cemetery

Hall - Robert - 18637 - 01/06/16 - Chatteris - Chatteris - Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe

Harradine - Percy William - 17519 - 14/03/16 - Fenstanton - Cambridge - Le Touquet-Paris Plage Communal Cemetery

Height - Frederick - 22161 - 24/05/16 - Stow, Norfolk - Wisbech - Becourt Military Cemetery

Hill - Arthur - 16975 - 02/06/16 - Manea - March - Becourt Military Cemetery

Hopkins - Henry - 17046 - 12/02/15 - Warboys - Chatteris - Cambridge City Cemetery - UK

Hunt - James Cecil - 15775 - 24/05/16 - Cambridge - Cambridge - Mericourt L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension

Isaacson - Anthony - 16601 - 23/05/16 - Islington - Cambridge - Becourt Military Cemetery

Johnson - Horace William  - 16882 - 12/03/16 - Newton, Suffolk - Littleport - Brewery Orchard Cemetery

Lambert - Walter - 17358 - 29/02/16 - Fen Drayton - Cambridge - Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension

Langley - Rubby John - 17261 - 23/05/16 - Soham - Newmarket - Mericourt L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension

Leonard - Ernest - 15944 - 06/04/16 - Soham Fen - Ely - Rue David Military Cemetery

Lowe - Bert - 13731 - 10/03/16 - Christchurch, Cambs - March - Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension Cemetery

Bert Lowe was accidentally shot in the head. Batman to transport officer, Lt J C Platts.

Nightingale - Reginald Victor - 13641 - 23/05/16 - Girton - Cambridge - Becourt Military Cemetery

Oldfield - Richard - 17155 - 02/06/16 - Terrington, Norfolk - Wisbech - Becourt Military Cemetery

Parson - George William - 16303 - 17/05/15 - Coveney - Coveney Churchyard - UK

Pate - J.L. - 16560 - 2/3/16 - Brewery Orchard Cemetery

Pettit - Stephen - 15756 - 07/06/15 - Wood Ditton - Cambridge - Wood Ditton (St Mary) Churchyard - UK

Phillips - Ernest - 13574 - 15/03/16 - Longstanton - Cambridge - Sailly-Sur-La-Lys-Canadian Cemetery

Piper - Albert Edward - 17146 - 20/06/16 - Earls Colne, Essex - Cambridge - Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt L'Abbe

Plumb - Sydney - 3/10190 - 01/04/15 - Balsham - Linton - Balsham (Holy Trinity) Churchyard - UK

Potter - Alfred Ernest - 15674 - 23/05/16 - Cambridge - Cambridge - Mericourt L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension

Rayner - Edwin James - 14268 - 22/05/16 - Freckenham, Suffolk - Newmarket - Mericourt L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension

Reynolds - Alfred - 17522 - 24/05/16 - Cambridge - Cambridge - Mericourt L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension

Saxby - William - 15792 - 24/05/16 - Letchfield - Cambridge - Becourt Military Cemetery

Saywell - Alber Edward - 13784 - 01/06/16 - Croxton - Cambridge - Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt L'Abbe

Shepherd - Sidney Alfred - 16392 - 04/12/14 - Leverington - Cambridge - Leverington (St Leonard) Churchyard - UK (First Loss of Life)

Taylor - Allfred Edward - 16611 - 19/06/16 - Chippenham - Newmarket - Becourt Military Cemetery

White - Harvey - 17496 - 28/09/15 - Epping - Wisbech - Wisbech Borough Cemetery

Wilding - Samuel - 16254 - 31/03/16 - Littleport - Ely - Etaples Military Cemetery

Wilkins - Harry - 15636 - 28/02/16 - Arrington - Cambridge - Brewery Orchard Cemetery (First Loss of Life in Action)

Woodcock - Bertie Oliver - 15657 - 22/05/16 - Harston - Cambridge - Becourt Military Cemetery

Wrixon - Arthur Henry - N/A - 02/06/16 - Not Known - Not Known - Becourt Military Cemetery

Albert Beaumont received a full military funeral in Cottenham Cambridgeshire and was buried in the Cottenham Dissenters Cemetery shortly after his death on the 19th December 1915. The cemetery is an eerie place, full of gothic headstones and decaying memorials. It reminds me of the graveyard described in "Moonfleet". A picture of the military funeral is available on this site.The stunning (and recently refurbished )Cottenham War Memorial is also featured on this site.See pictures of the cemetery and grave below.

The first battlefield casualty, Harry Wilkins from Arrington, is buied at Brewery Orchard Cemetery along with several of his comrades. Brewery Orchard also contains the grave of Captain O.H.Brown DSO., MC. (hero of the Cambs, Suffolks attack on the 1st July 1916). Pictures of Brewery Orchard Cemetery and some of the Cambs Suffolks graves therein, are available on this site.

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