Born: 3rd November 1896, Stoke, Ipswich.
Died: On the morning of the 21st December 1914; age 18; KiA – Allonagne. He had served with the battalion nearly 2 years.
Residence: 38, Pauline Street, Ipswich.
Employed: at the Moulding Shop, at Ransomes & Rapier Ltd., Ipswich.
Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 21st April 1913; Occupation: Core Maker.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 1675
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Pas de Calais,
1901 38, Pauline Street, Ipswich.
Nelson was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Joseph Kirby, 35, an Iron Moulder, born Kidderminster, Worcestershire.
Sarah Kirby (nee Groves), 40, born Polstead, Suffolk.
Joseph Kirby, 11, born Smethwick, Staffordshire.
Violet Kirby, 9, born Ipswich.
Bertie Kirby, 6, born Ipswich.
Harold Kirby, 2, born Ipswich.
1911 38, Pauline Street, Ipswich.
Nelson was 14 years old, an Errand Boy – Tobacco Factory. He was living with his widowed father & siblings.
Joseph, 45, an Iron Foundry Labourer – General Engineers.
Joseph, 21, a Carpenter.
Violet, 21, Housekeeper.
Bertie, 16, an Iron Foundry Labourer – General Engineers.
Nelson’s mother, Sarah Kirby died, 1908, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Joseph Kirby – father.
Nelson is also remembered on the Ransomes & Rapier Ltd. war memorial, Bourne Park, Ipswich.
On 20 December 1914 the Battalion moved towards La Basee where B Company was ordered across the canal and into the line at Givenchy with the 1st Manchesters. Before noon, the enemy succeeded in capturing parts of Givenchy but by 5.00pm the village was regained. Throughout the night, the enemy made repeated attempts to retake the village but without success. This gallant defence was mentioned in despatches by Sir John French. On 21 December, having suffered only light losses, the 5th Suffolks were relieved by a Brigade of Guards and on 22 December returned to billets at Beuvry.
(Extra information provided by Graham Jones)
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion: