Photograph courtesy of Roger
Born: 1891, Waldringfield, Suffolk.
Died: 20th July 1916; age 25; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Date of Entry Therein: 16th January 1915 – France.
Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 7753
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
1891 Cliff Road, Waldringfield, Suffolk.
Fred was 2 months old and living with his parents & siblings.
Walter Brown, 46, a Labourer – Cement Works, born Martlesham, Suffolk.
Emily Brown (nee Beer), born Hintlesham, Suffolk.
Frances Brown, 21, born Martlesham.
Arthur Brown, 11, an Agricultural Labourer, born Martlesham.
Walter Brown, 9, born Waldringfield.
Florence Katie Brown, 7, born Waldringfield.
Grace Eliza Brown, 5, born Waldringfield.
Ellen Brown, 4, born Waldringfield.
Alice Louisa Brown, 3, born Ipswich.
John Brown, 1, born Waldringfield.
1901 Cliff Road, Waldringfield, Suffolk.
Fred was 10 years old and living with his parents & brother.
Walter, 56, a General Labourer – Cement.
Fred was 20 years old, a Soldier ranked Private in the 1st Battalion, of the Suffolk Regiment.
Fred married Lily.
Soldiers’ Effects to Lily Brown – widow.
Fred in uniform with his parents Walter & Emily (seated), and his wife Lily, and mother-in-law.
Day 19 of the Somme offensive
2nd Battalion The Suffolk’s regimental records show: On the afternoon the Germans counter-attacked, forcing their way with fine courage but at great cost into Delville Wood and northern end of Longueval, which troops of the third division had just cleared. In consequence, two companies were sent up to Longueval ridge to support the attack of the 1st Gordon Highlanders on Longueval, the remainder of the Battalion moving from the wood into Caterpiller Valley itself, where they were persistently shelled.
Early on the 19th Captain and adjutant Trollope and Lt. Pickard-Cambridge were wounded, 2nd Lt Russell taking over the duties of adjutant. Throughout the time of stress captain Marshall R.A.M.C medical officer to the battalion always proved himself equal to the occasion, being subsequently awarded the D.S.O in recognition of his splendid service. On the 20th the battalion assembled for the renewed attack on Longueval and Delville Wood. The casualties were to be high.
Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion