The 11th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


How many men serving with the Battalion died during the Great War ?

970

How many of these men have a known grave ?

514

How many are buried in the United Kingdom ?

37

When was the Battalion formed ?

Raised at Cambridge 25/9/1914 by the Cambridge & Isle of Ely T.F. Association.

Who was the first casualty ?

Shepherd - Sidney Alfred - 16392 - Died on 04/12/14 - Born in Leverington - Enlisted in Cambridge - Buried in Leverington (St Leonard) Churchyard - UK - Aged 17 having lied about his age (said he was 19)  in order to enlist

How many men died before the Battalion went to France ?

8, including Sergeant Beaumont of Cottenham

Who was the first man to be killed in action ?

Wilkins - Harry - 15636 - Died on 28/02/16 - Born in Arrington - Enlisted in Cambridge - Buried in Brewery Orchard Cemetery - France

Who was the last casualty ?

Bull - Ernest Percival - 37718 - Died on 04/03/21 - Born in Altrincham - Buried in Altrincham Bowdon and Hale Cemetery - UK

Who were the last men to die during the Great War ?

Sturgess - William - 43854 - Died on 11/11/18 - Born in Kettering - Enlisted in Kettering - Buried at Mont Huon Military Cemetery

Boardley - William Arthur - 265164 - Died on 11/11/18 - Born in Saxmundham - Buried in Awoingt British Cemetery

How many men died after the armistice ?

25

Who was the most highly decorated soldier serving with the Battalion ?

Corporal Sidney James Day V.C. - 15092 - born in Norwich 3/7/1891 - Awarded For action at Malakhoff Farm, Hargicourt on 26/8/1917 - Died 17th July 1959 - Buried in Milton Cemetery, Portsmouth

How many men were killed as a direct result of the attack on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916 ?

190 were killed and 337 wounded on the 1st July 1916. To this total one should add that 10 died during the following week and a further 24 who died in the Becourt area during the weeks prior to the tragic assault.

How many of these men have no known grave ?  

148 of the men killed on the 1st July 1916 have no known grave and are, as a consequence, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

How many men were killed during the attack on the Chemical Works at Roeux on 28th April 1917 ?

103

How many of these have no known grave ?

79 of the men killed on the 28th April 1917 have no known grave and are, as a consequence, commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

How many of the 103 men killed on the 28th April were with the Battalion when it first went to France on the 10th January 1916 ?

Approximately 75

How many men were killed during the defensive action on the River Lys 9th to 10th April 1918 ?

27

How many of these have no known grave ?

15 of the men killed on the 9th and 10th April 1918 have no known grave and are, as a consequence, commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

How many of the 103 men killed on the 9th and 10th April 1918 were with the Battalion when it first went to France on the 10th January 1916 ?

6

Where is the 11th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment's Battleflag and official Roll of Honour ?

Ely Cathedral  

In which year did the Battalion lose the most men ?

1918 - 336, 1917 - 317, 1916 - 296

What was the average age of the casualties ?

1916 - 23, 1917 - 26, 1918 - 25

How many men killed during the Great War were with the Battalion when it first went to France on the 10th January 1916 ?

Approximate figures - Of the 1,100 men who went to France on 10th January 1916, 538 died during the Great War - 49%.

Which Communities lost the most men from the 11th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment ?

The following communities, amongst others, paid a heavy price - Burwell - 6, Bury St Edmunds - 12, Cambridge - 36, Chatteris - 10, Chesterton - 9, Chippenham, Cambs - 7, Cottenham - 5, Ely - 9, Exning - 5, Littleport - 9, Lowestoft - 10 (Mainly ex Suffolk Cyclist Battalion), Manea - 5, March - 14, Newmarket - 5, Soham - 10, Swavesey - 5, Whittlesey - 5.

Who commanded the 11th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment ?

1915/16 - Colonel Somerset, 1916/18 - Colonel Kendrick, 1918 - Colonel Wright, 1918 - Colonel Richardson (a few days only), 1918 to End - Colonel Tuck.

With which Division did the Battalion serve ?

Joined 101st Brigade, 34th Division in June 1915 with which the Battalion served until the 26th May 1915 when it was transferred to the 183rd Brigade, 61st Division.

Where was the Battalion on the 11th November 1918 ?

Bermerain, France.

When was the Battalion disbanded ?

Following it's participation in the Paris Peace Review in July 1918, where it represented the British Army.

Where did the Battalion serve ?

See chronology of events.

What honours were awarded to the Battalion ?

See list of honours.

Where can I find more information ?

See my index page which will signpost you to a wealth of additional material.

The Liddle Collection at the University of Leeds holds papers relating to Captain C.E. Townley. Including a typescript of his diaries. Also holds transcripts of interviews conducted by Martin Middlebrook whilst he was rearching his book "First day ofnthe Somme".

The PRO holds, amongst other things. the original copy of the Battalion war diary. Excerpts from which are available on this site.

Details of Commonwealth War Graves can be found online.

Bury St Edmunds Suffolk Record Office holds a limited amount of information.

The Suffolk Regimental Museum (Currently inaccessible).

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