Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.
Born: 1897, Ipswich.
Died: 28th September 1917; age 19; KiA.
Residence: 56, Carr Street, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 43392.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Formerly a Dispatchrider – 1894, Suffolk Cyclists.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Panel 40 to 41 & 162 to 162A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Robert & Emma Hendry, of 15, Church Road, Hendon, London.
1901 56, Carr Street, Ipswich.
Robert was 3 years old and living with his parents & sisters.
Robert Dixon Hendry, 36, a Family Baker – employer, born Greenock, Renfrewshire.
Emma Hendry (nee Cocksedge), 35, born Hadleigh, Suffolk.
Emma Cocksedge Hendry, 9, born Ipswich.
Edith Augusta Hendry, 4, born Ipswich.
1 general servant.
1911 56, Carr Street, Ipswich.
Robert was 13 years old and living with his parents & sisters.
Robert, 46, a Baker – employer.
Emma, 19, a Shorthand Clerk & Typist.
Tertia Irene Hendry, 9, born Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Emma Hendry – mother.
Robert is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Clement’s Congregational Church, Ipswich.
The Battle of Polygon Wood
The Battle of Polygon Wood took place during the second phase of the Third Battle of Ypres in World War I and was fought near Ypres in Belgium 26 September – 3 October 1917, in the area from the Menin Road to Polygon Wood and thence north, to the area beyond St Julien. Much of the woodland had been destroyed by the huge quantity of shellfire from both sides since 16 July and the area had changed hands several times
The British had 15,375 casualties; 1,215 being killed. German official historians recorded 13,500 casualties from 21–30 September
The 4th Australian Division suffered 1,717 casualties and the 5th Australian Division had 5,471 dead and wounded from 26–28 September.
2nd Battalion the Suffolk regiment attacked between St. Julien and Tower Hamlets in the Zonnebeke area.
The 2nd Battalion assault began at 05:30 in thick mist adding to the difficulties in communications between each unit coming up against concrete pill boxes. The assault was a success and the honour of capturing the village of Zonnebeke fell to the 2nd Battalion. During the evening a strong counter attack began but was repelled. This continued the next evening with snipers and aircraft attacking during the day. Over 4 days the Battalion received 258 casualties.