image from 1916 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.
Born: 19th January 1896, Stoke, Ipswich.
Died: 15th July 1916; age 20; KiA.
Enlistment: Location: Ipswich; Date: 1914.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Percy was invalided home in October, 1915, suffering from trench fever and shattered nerves. He went out again in January 1916.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 1759
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, ‘C’ Coy, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Nathan & Elizabeth Brown, of 81, Sirdar Road, Ipswich.
1901 72, New Cut West, Ipswich.
Percy was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Nathan Brown, 38, an Iron Moulder, born Aldringham, Suffolk.
Elizabeth Brown (nee Farrow), 34, born Ipswich.
Ernest Nathan Brown, 12, born Ipswich.
Charles Alexander Brown, 10, born Ipswich.
William Brown, 7, born Ipswich.
Lily Cara K. Brown, 5, born Ipswich.
Grace Doris Brown, 3, born Ipswich.
Bertie Redvers Brown, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 81, Sirdar Road, Ipswich.
Percy was 15 years old, a Butcher’s – Errand Boy. He was living with his parents, twin sister & brothers.
Nathan, 47, a Moulder – Iron Foundry.
Charlie, 20, an Upholsterer.
FOUR IPSWICH BROTHERS SERVING
The above are four Ipswich brothers who are all serving in the Army. Their names and regiments are:- (1) Sergt. E. Brown. 4th Suffolks, joined 13th June 1915. (2) Prvt. C. Brown. 2/4th Suffolks, joined 29th February 1916. (3) Prvt. W. Brown. 1st Suffolks, joined 9th May 1900. (4) Prvt. P. Brown. Suffolks, joined in 1914: was invalided home in October 1915, suffering from trench fever and shattered nerves; went out again in January last, and was killed in action on 15th July 1916.
The Somme offencive day 15
The battle of the Bazentin Ridge and the attack on High Wood.
The 4th Battalion the Suffolks 15th July 1916 regimental records:
While the 4th Battalion was moving through Becordel to the position between Fricourt and Mametz where they bivouacked during the night of July 14th-15th, the battle of the Bazentin Ridge was raging in all its fury. They were not destined, however, to remain long thus upon the fringe of the hostilities, and at dawn went out under the command of Major H.C.Copeman D.S.O on support the 1st Middlesex Regiment in an attack on Switch trench. After severe fighting, a line immediately in front of the Village of Bazentin-le-Petit was taken up and held for the remainder of the day. The casualties in the battalion, exceeding two hundred.
This is the highest death rate of the war for Ipswich. 17 men.
Suffolk Regiment, ‘C’ Coy, 4th Battalion: