Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.
Born: 1895, Ipswich.
Died: 16th March 1918; age 24; Died of Wounds – 54th Casualty Clearing Station.
Employed as a Caddy at the Ipswich Golf Club.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 25th July 1915.
Rank: Lance Sergeant; Service Number: 14694
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.
Formerly Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914/1915 Star + the Distinguished Conduct Medal on the 17th April 1917 – For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Accompanied by seven men, he forced his way through a small gap in the enemy’s wire, killed four of the enemy, and captured fourteen prisoners, together with a machine gun.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Sarah Savage, of 44, Parliament Road, Ipswich & the late Harry Savage.
Brother to CHARLES ROBERT SAVAGE.
1901 3, Virginia Terrace, Freehold Road, Ipswich.
William was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
(Harry)Henry Savage, 38, a General Labourer, born Monewden, Suffolk.
Sarah Savage (nee Theobold), 36, born Wherstead, Suffolk..
Charles Robert Savage, 13, born Wherstead.
George William Savage, 11, born Ipswich.
Harry Alfred Savage, 9, born Ipswich.
Ellen Savage, 8, born Ipswich.
Dorothy Emma Savage, 4, born Ipswich.
Walter Dennis Savage, 3, born Ipswich.
1911 44, Parliament Road, Ipswich.
Harry Savage, 47, a General Labourer – Oil Cake Works.
Harry, 19, a Dock Labourer.
William, 16, a Dock Labourer.
Florence Annie Savage, 9, born Ipswich.
William’s father Harry Savage died, 1915, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Sarah – mother, Harry & Walter – brothers and Dorothy & Annie – sisters.
17th February 1917 the 8th Battalion Suffolk Regiment: extracts from Suffolk Regiment records:
“On the 17th the advance towards Miraumont began,8th battalion 05:45 am under very trying weather conditions, severe frost which lasted for a month suddenly breaking on the eve of the battle and rapid thaw converting the ground into a morass of the worst description. very few duckboard tracks existed there at the time, and the nearest hut being over two miles from the front line, the carrying parties had a most difficult task. The process of forming up for attack had to be carried out at night in a thick mist and under a hostile barrage as well-zero hour having become known to the enemy. The battalion gained its objectives quickly in spite of stubborn fighting in the front of the uncut wire, and the leading waves succeeded in establishing themselves within a few hundred yards of Petit Miraumont. The work of consolidation was rendered less difficult by the mist, which prevented enemy observation and permitted freer movement across the open than normally possible.
In the action, which reflected the greatest credit on all ranks of the 8th Battalion, one incident stands out conspicuously. Seeing his company held up by the wire, L/Cpl. W. Savage with seven men having discovered a small gap therein, rushed fearlessly through into the enemy’s trench, killing with his own hands the first four Germans he met and effecting the surrender of the rest of the party, which consisted of fourteen men with a machine gun L/Cpl. Savage received the DCM. The casualties in the Battalion amounted to 130 men. This victory marked the beginning of the retreat to the Hindenburg line.”
Suffolk Regiment 1914-1927 by Lt-Col. C.C.R.Murphy
Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion: