Photograph courtesy of Marina.
Born: 1912, Ipswich.
Died: 28th February 1945; age: 32.
Residence: 515, Nacton Road, Ipswich.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 5825774.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Nordrhein – Westfalen,
Father: Alfred Charles Vinyard, born September 1875, Ipswich. A Dock Labourer.
Mother: Lucy Isabella Vinyard (nee Ditohn), born 1878, Ipswich – died 1922, Ipswich.
In 1932, Alfred re-married to May Webster, born January 1896, Shoreditch, London.
In 1943, Ipswich, Charles married Ruby Ellen Doris Cloud, born June 1921, Ipswich, of 493, Nacton Road, Ipswich – a Machinist in a Sack Co. – died 1944, of Tuberculosis, at Ipswich.
Probate to Alfred Charles Vinyard – father, an old age pensioner.
Family Note from Ruby’s cousin Wendy:
Ruby was the eldest of nine children. In December 1942 their father Harry died aged 41, and in June 1943 their mother Annie Maria (nee Welham) also died, aged 44. The four youngest children were put into the orphanage, but Ruby took them out of the home for Christmas and tried to keep the family together. One family story says that when Ruby died, Charlie was permitted to return for her funeral and apparently told family that they wouldn’t see him again as there was no point without Ruby to come home to. Their loss had a huge impact on the Cloud family, and no doubt, the Vinyard family too.
The beautiful photograph of Ruby (courtesy of Wendy) was probably taken just a few months before she died.
A family note, Linda nee Collings: Hi all cousins, Ruby was my aunt. I found Charlie’s grave site for my mother long ago as she was upset about him one day, and so I wrote to the war office (very pre computer days!) and they gave me the information. My mother & brother then went to “visit” Charlie. Mother was now MORE upset and wanted to “bring him home”. I looked into the possibility as I had also found out where Ruby was buried by then, as mother had wanted them “back together”. My uncle Bryan had “repurchased” his parents grave for a further 25 years, but sadly could not find Ruby. I later asked the cemetery staff, and as I had “frequent visitor miles” with them doing research, accompanied, they allowed me to go to it as Ruby WAS still there, but her grave had been “reused” (shudder), but only if I promised to just look, not tell, and leave nothing on it, EVER, I agreed to this to go say “hello” to her, and have been quietly back a few times since. I had to then tell my mother this – not a happy time. I did take my mother and aunt Dilla/Lillian there once, and we three had a picnic together beside Annie & Harry, this seemed to sooth matters a bit. My parents had seen Charlie off back to the war after Ruby’s death, and it was them he told on being “welcomed back to their home anytime” that he did reply “that’s real nice of you but I don’t think I’ll be returning”, that was the last he was ever seen poor man..
September 1939: On the outbreak of war the Battalion was based in Devonport. It was part of 8th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Division.
October 1939: They went to France.
May/June 1940: The Battalion were evacuated from Dunkirk and returned to the UK.
June 1944: The Battalion landed in Normandy (D Day). From then on was engaged in the North Western Europe campaign.
Note. Mark Forsdike:
Captain Steve Hemingway, Intelligence Officer of 1st Suffolk, noted in his diary for the battles at Goch, that a German self-propelled gun caused many casualties as the Battalion advanced to sever the Udem-Weeze road: ‘This gun brought down accurate and sustained fire over ‘open’ sights, causing many casualties, one of whom was the Pioneer sergeant, Sergeant Vinyard’.