Suffolk regiment – Thiepval memorial.

I just thought it was worth recording this little collection of grief, rolled down through 100 years, a whole family and one friend all commemorated at Thiepval, under the Suffolk Regiment’s Panel. Whenever you go to any of the big memorials, someone will have gone to the trouble to do this, always. Moving stuff from a trip in April 2012. I’ve since visited William Wilderspin at Gordon Dump.

The 11th Suffolk’s are the Cambridge Battalion (as was).

Two of them are here at Histon Methodist Roll of Honour

Comments from K a family member on the original post:

“I was the person who actually put this at the Thiepval Memorial after forefilling a dream that I would revisit the places where my great uncles fought and unfortunately, mostly died after researching my family history. William Wilderspin was actually buried in Gordon Dump Cemetery nearby, his brother and best friend are at Thiepval Memorial. Another brother and brother in law were in the 2nd battalion of the Suffolks. The brother was taken prisoner and ended up at Doberitz Prisoner of War Camp for the rest of the war. Although he survived in died in 1922. I would be interested if anyone knows anything about the POW camps. The brother-in-law is commemorated at La Ferte sous Jourre Memorial. Fortunately for me my Grandfather joined the Royal Garrison Artillery and was hit by a bomb from an aeroplane and was shipped back to blighty with shrapnel injuries to his arms and right thigh. Even with these injuries he still managed to bring back two spent shells! My discoveries have ignited a passion to find out all I can about 2nd and 11th Bn of Suffolk Regiment, Royal Garrison Artillery (heavy battery), pow camps.”

“Two of my great uncles were in 2nd bn of Suffolks before WW1 finished their service in March 1914 only to get called up in August! Apart from my grandfather who was in the RGA before www1 (luckily I am a member of Ancestry and they have his army records!!) his brothers all joined Kitchener’s army and joined 11th bn of Suffolks. It is amazing how not just whole families were lost but villages too. My family came from Histon in Cambridgeshire which lost a lot of its young men. It is sad that stories like mine are common throughout the country.”