Born: 1894, Islington, Middlesex.
Died: 18th August 1916; age 21; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 3951
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs Attewell, of 35, Belstead Road, Ipswich.
1901 12, Copenhagen Street, Islington, Middlesex.
William was 7 years old and living with his parents.
William Attewell, 41, a Tobacco Cutter, born St. George’s, London.
Sarah Attwell (nee Halford), 32, born Regent’s Park, London.
1911 53, Richmond Road, Ipswich.
William was 17 years old, a Railway Clerk. He was living with his parents & brother.
William, 53, a Tobacco Cutter & Drier.
Frederick Leslie G. Attewell, 7, born Ipswich.
Suffolk Regiment records show:
4th Btn. On the 18th, not long before zero hour, captain H.F. Ling was wounded, and still later, Lieut. R.D. Hume, M.C., entailing important changes in command at the last moment. Captain Ling remained in the trenches until the attack was over. Neither of the battalions on the right and left was able to make much progress. The 4th Battalion, in the centre, pushed forward. For a time two of our companies occupied Wood Lane trench, but being unsupported, and 2nd Lieut. Bedwell (the only officer to reach the trench) having been killed, it was impossible to hold on. However, considering that the battalion has attacked after four days in the front line, it was justly pleased with its work. A rough night followed, during which the battalion was relieved. Early next morning they moved to Fricourt Wood, and at sundown proceeded to a camp north-east of Meaulte, near Albert Road. The casualties on August 18th were as follows – Killed: 2nd Lieuts. V.L.S. Bedwell, H.C. Pawsey, and E. Norton, and 33 other ranks. Wounded: Captain H.F.Ling; 2nd Lieut. N.E. Suttle, and 108 other ranks. Missing: 50 other ranks. Total, 196. The 2nd battalion were seeing action at Cochrane Alley.
The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914 – 1927 by Lieut.-Colonel C.C.R. Murphy (late the Suffolk Regiment)
THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT 1/4th Battalion Territorial Force: