ALBERT CHARLES BAXTER

 

Born: 1890, Stoke, Ipswich.

Officially accepted as dead: 8th May 1915; age 25; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 16th January 1915 – France.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 8277

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, ‘A’ Coy, 1st Battalion.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

 

Grave Reference:

Panel 21.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,

West-Vlaanderen,

Belgium.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Thomas & Frances Caroline Baxter, of 42, Bell Lane, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

1901   42, Bell Lane, Ipswich.

Albert was 10 years old and living with his parents & brother.

Thomas Baxter, 53, a Machinist at Factory, born Linstead, Suffolk.

Francis Caroline Baxter (nee Stringer), 48, born Diss, Norfolk.

William Baxter, 16, a Labourer at Foundry, born Ipswich.

1911   42, Bell Lane, Ipswich.

Albert was 20 years old, a Quay Labourer. He was living with his parents & brothers.

Thomas, 63, a Driller – Iron Foundry.

Francis, 59.

Thomas Edward Baxter, 34, a Wood Labourer, born Diss.

Frederick Baxter, 28, a Quay Labourer, born Ipswich.

Albert attended Stoke School, Ipswich.

Albert is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich.

Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion. 84th Brigade

The Second Battle of Ypres was underway and the 1st Battalion was to suffer over a thousand casualties in six weeks with fierce fighting along the Salient. The Battle of Frezenberg Ridge and Bellewaarde Ridge were to take its toll on the 1st Battalion. At 10:00 a.m on the 8th May, the attack began with heavy shelling from both sides of all calibre, then came a cloud of yellow green poison gas that drifted through the British lines. Blinded and choking men continued to fight on still under a hail of bullets and shell fire. The shelling had cut most of the communication wires, with little information passing through. The exposed roads gave little shelter for the limited supply line. The German attack had overwhelmed the British, by noon the Battalion had 400 casualties with 12 Ipswich men dead and more to be killed or die of wounds in the following weeks.

 

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