Born: 1891, Ipswich.
Died: 12th March 1915; age 24; KiA at the battle of Neuve Chapelle
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 2368
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
1901 76, Wallace Road, Ipswich.
Arthur was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Arthur James Jacobs, 37, a Sawmill Machinist, born Sproughton, Suffolk.
Alice Jacobs (nee Baker), 37, born Benhall, Suffolk.
Alan James Jacobs, 14, born Ipswich.
Herbert George Jacobs, 13, born Ipswich.
Lilian Ada Jacobs, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 Coes Cottages, 6, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.
Arthur was 19 years old and living with his father, siblings & step mother.
Arthur, 48, a Wood Machinist Planer.
Emily Emma Jacobs (nee Smith), 44, born Woolwich, Kent.
Herbert, 23, a General Labourer Quay – Corn Merchant.
Arthur’s mother Alice Jacobs, died 1904, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Arthur James Jacobs – father.
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 10th – 13th March 1915 was the first planned British offensive of the war. The objective was to take the German line at the Village of Neueve Chapelle and break out and head towards the City of Lille, with the main objective taking the Aubers Ridge beyond which was of strategic value. The Battle started well with a heavy bombardment of the German line (more shells fired on this occasion than the entire Boae War) with an advance which successfully took most of the first and second line trenches, but due to poor communications stalled once the village had been taken. The Germans then had time to set up more defensive lines outside of the village and hold the British advance. 40,000 British and Indian troops took part in the Battle with over 10,000+ Casualties.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion
The 4th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment entered the battle on the 11th of March taking up positions on the out skirts of the Neuve Chapelle facing the Bois Du Biez which later were ordered to occupy. The 4th Battalion lost many men through shelling on their positions followed by a counter attack on the 12th by the Germans. In total the Battalion sustained 217 casualties.