BERTIE EDWARD STONEMAN

Born: 1895, Ipswich.

Died: 21st May 1915; age 19; Died of Wounds at No. 11 General Hospital, Boulogne.

E.A.D.T. – Thursday, 27th May 1915 – Mr. David Stoneman, of Bramford Road, Ipswich, has received from Boulogne news of the death of his son, Drummer Bertie Stoneman, of the 4th Suffolks. The deceased went out to France with the battalion in November 1914; he was severely wounded on the 21st May, and was conveyed to hospital at Boulogne. In a letter written to his parents a short time before he died, Drummer Bertie Stoneman stated that he was wounded in the early morning, a shell striking the trench and burying him a mate. Some of his chums speedily procured shovels and released him, and “the nose of a shell” was then found in the calf of the leg, an operation being necessary for removal. The writer adds: “There are not many left of our battalion now.”

Residence: 80, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: March 1911.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914 – France.

 

Rank: Private/Drummer; Service Number: 1239

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st/4th Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.

 

Grave Reference:

VIII.D.38.

Boulogne Easton Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of David Stoneman, of 80, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   80, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

 

Bertie was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

David Stoneman, 38, a Wheelwright & Timber Merchant – employer – at home, born Ipswich.

Ellen Harriet Stoneman (nee Haye), 40, born Wangford, Suffolk.

Edgar James Stoneman, 15, a Wheelwright – at home, born Lawford, Essex.

Hilda Maud Stoneman, 12, born Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Herbert William Stoneman, 12, born Stowmarket.

Flora Stoneman, 8, born Ipswich.

Richard John Stoneman, 6, born Ipswich.

Leonard David Stoneman, 1, born Ipswich.

 

1911   80, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

 

Bertie was 15 years old, an Odd Jobs worker at a Corset Factory. He was living with his parents & children.

David, 48, a Wheelwright Smith & Timber Merchant – own account.

Ellen, 50.

Edgar, 26, a Plate Layer – G.E.Railway Co. – Ipswich Station.

Herbert, 22, Assisting in Father’s Business.

Hilda, 22, a Dressmaker – own account.

Richard, 16, Assisting in Father’s Business.

Leonard, 11 – a pupil at Bramford Road School.

 

Suffolk Regiment, 1st/4th Battalion:

Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion:

During early May 1915, the 4th Battalion began preparations for the attack on Aubers Ridge at Neuve Chapelle. in support of the French offensive on the outskirts of Arras. The Battalion was part of the Three British Corps. The Battalion took over trenches near Bois du Biez and Port Arthur, on the 5th-6th of May. On entering the trenches, the Germans shelled their positions vigorously. On the 9th the main attack began, making little headway. Lieutenant Donald Pretty was wounded when a shell exploded at 16.45hrs on the roof of the dug-out, where he was sheltering. Donald never regained consciousness and died of his wounds in Bethune hospital days later. He was the first officer from Ipswich to be killed in the war.

Following the 9th of May, the 4th Battalion suffered over 100 casualties, remaining in the Neuve Chappelle area, carrying out their trench duties, fortifying their new positions, while taking heavy shelling and sniping from the Germans, as they tried to repel the small gain from the offensive. The Battalion came out of the Line on the 19th of May returning to billets near Pont du Hem.

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

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