Born: 1894, Forest Gate, Essex.
Died: 12th October 1917; age 23; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 41061
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion.
Formerly 5518, Suffolk Yeomanry.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Panel 40 to 41 & 162 to 162A.
Tyne Cot Memorial,
1901 Gordon Road, Woodford, East London.
Roderic was 6 years old and living with his mother & maternal aunt.
Frances Lucy Livesey (nee Purcell), 30, born Valetta, Malta.
Anna Amelia Purcell, 29, born Long Parish, Hampshire.
1911 129, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.
Roderic was 16 years old, an Articled Pupil – Draughtsman – Engineer. He was living with his mother & brother.
William Charles Ross Livesey, 21, an Articled Pupil – Civil Engineer, born Bristol, Glocestershire.
Extra information by Graham Jones:
Trooper L/Sgt 41061, Loyal Sfk Hussars (8th Suffolks) born Forest Gate, Essex, formerly 2135 Suffolk Yeomanry, enlisted Ipswich. Killed in action 12 October 1917; no known grave, commemorated on the Tyne Cott memorial.
At 05.25am on 12 October 1917, a British attack was launched between the Ypres-Roulers railway and Houthulstforest. An hour later the 8th Battalion was moved forward in the wake of the 55th Brigade. A considerable enemy barrage and heavy machine gun fire was encountered. Shell holes were full of water and the men had to struggle to prevent themselves fromdrowning. Due to the very severe conditions, the advance was haulted. The Battalion suffered 232 casualties.
Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion: