Image from 1917 Chronicle newspaper.
Born: 1897, Ipswich.
Died: 13th August 1917; age 20; Died of Wounds.
Residence: 1, Waterloo Street, Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 200996
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, ‘C’ Coy, 7th Battalion.
Formerly 3442, Suffolk Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late George Grimwood, of 1, Waterloo Road, Ipswich; brother to Henry W. Grimwood, of 50, Fore Street, Ipswich.
Brother to GEORGE HENRY GRIMWOOD.
1901 38, Gibson Street, Ipswich.
Charlie was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
George Grimwood, 32, a Quay Labourer, born Ipswich.
Eliza Anne Grimwood (nee Sporle), 29, born Ipswich.
George Henry Grimwood, 10, born Ipswich.
Arthur William Grimwood, 7, born Ipswich – drowned aboard FV ‘Jupiter’ in December 1909.
Henry William Grimwood, 6, born Ipswich.
Annie Elizabeth Grimwood, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 1, Waterloo Street, Ipswich.
Charlie was 13 years old and living with his widowed father & siblings.
George, 43, a Dock Labourer.
Charlie and George’s brother Arthur William Grimwood, was 16 years old when at Grimsby, Lincolnshire on the 5th August 1909, he became an Apprentice bound to The Grimsby & North Sea Steam Trawler Co. Ltd., for a term of 4 years & 5 months, until 1914 when his year in which the indenture expired. On the 27th November 1909, the FV ‘Jupiter,’ built 1898, sailed from Grimsby to fish off Amrumbank, Denmark. The steam trawler was due back in Grimsby port on the 9th December. On the 3rd December, ‘Vampire’ sighted ‘Jupiter’ fishing with other vessels on the Horn Reef, near the Danish coast. During the early hours of the 4th December 1909, great gales swept over the North Sea. FV ‘Jupiter’ failed to return to port and reported vessel missing. By the 28th December 1909, all hope was abandoned. The Skipper, 10 hands, including 3 appentices were supposed drowned.
Charlie’s father George Grimwood, died 1918, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to George Grimwood – father, Henry W. Grimwood – brother, Annie E. Grimwood – sister, and Helena E. Dean – sister-in-law.
9th August 1917 The 7th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment This action is possibly the action Charles was wounded in.
Throughout the summer months the 7th battalion remained in the Arras sector following the Aprils action (Battle of Arras) the remnants were organised into two weak companies and used in the Monchy sector in raiding activity. On the 9th August As soon as it was light the artillery began to bombard a belt of enemy trenches 2000 yards long 300 yards deep, the bombardment being continued throughout the hours of daylight. While this was in progress the front line was very thinly held, the bulk of the battalion being in caves in its own headquarters line. During the evacuation of the front line Captain L.A.G. Bowen, MC and 2nd Lieut. A. Green were gassed with phosgene shells. At 19:45 p.m the strong patrols and raiders, began moving forward under a creeping barrage, the 7th Battalion heading towards Bois du Vert and the Mound. Within a short time prisoners began to trickle in. A soon as the German first line had been reached a box barrage was put down and his second line raided. The operation was a marked success, and though the casualties were heavy, valuable information was obtained and great damage inflicted. The Battalion brought back sixty-nine prisoners and two machine guns. Captain Morbey was killed on his own parapet, after the raid was over by fire from a German aeroplane.
Extracts from The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914-27 Lieut. Colonel C.C.R.Murphy