Born: 29th August 1891, Ipswich.
Died: 23rd April 1917; age 26; KiA.
Residence: 114, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.
Royal Navy Enlistment: 29th August 1909 – signed up for 12 years; Occupation: Ships Cook. Height: 5ft 4 1/8ins, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, brown eyes.
Ganges – Boy II – 30th August 1908.
Ganges – Boy I – 1st October 1908 – 15th October 1908.
Shannon – Boy I – 16th October 1908 – 9th November 1908.
Cressy – Boy I – 10th November 1908 – 28th January 1909.
Vindictive – Boy I – 29th January 1909 – 10th February 1909.
Pembroke I – Boy I – 11th February 1909 – 4th March – 1909 – Invalided Out – Flat Feet.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
15th July 1916 – Gun Shot Wound – right hand – No. 112 Ambulance Train
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 200503
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Formerly 2193, Suffolk.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Military Medal – for conspicuous gallantry in the field.
The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914-1927 by Murphy:
“On March 17th the (4th ) battalion proceeded to Annequin, all ranks wearing the new steel shrapnel helmets for the first time. On the following day Major F W Turner returned from England and took over command, That evening, during the heavy bombardment of Cambrin, the battalion felt the effects of the tear-gas shells which fell on the La Bassee road. A week later, while the battalion was in the line in the Cuinchy sector, the enemy sprung a mine in front of “A” Company and close up to their wire. L/Cpl. Pizzey, with Ptes. J. Nunn and D. Cragg, at once occupied the near lip, where they remained the whole day entirely cut off from the front- line trenches, all three being subsequently awarded the M.M.”
Pas de Calais,
1901 35, Tyler Street, Ipswich.
Claude was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Frederick Pizzey, 36, a Railway Engine Driver, born Layham, Suffolk.
Eliza Emily Pizzey (nee Addison), 35, born Wherstead, Suffolk.
Eric Dane Pizzey, 14, a Steam-Saw Sharper – Foundry, born Ipswich.
Wallace Edwin Pizzey, 11, born Ipswich.
Gladys Hilda Pizzey, 6, born Ipswich.
Guy Clarence Pizzey, 2, born Ipswich.
1911 Lying at anchor in Harwich Harbour, Harwich St. Nicholas, Essex.
Claude was 19 years old, he was a Mate on board the ‘Lady of the Wave’ – London – Sail – Coasting. Date of Delivery 31st March 1911. Master – G. Brooks.
In 1912, Ipswich, Claude married, Louisa Jemima Goddard, born 1892, Ipswich. They had 1 daughter:
Louisa Pizzey, born 1912, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Louisa J. Pizzey – widow.
Sergt. C.A. Pizzey, fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred. Pizzey, of 114, Wherstead Road, Ipswich, has been awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry, in the field. He has been in France since November 1914. He has two other brothers serving, Prvt. A. Pizzey, of the Devons (on left) being now in Salonika, and Driver W. Pizzey, Royal Engineers (on right) being in France. They also have been serving since the end of 1914.
WAR MEDALS PRESENTATION AT HEATHFIELDS
There was a large gathering of the general public on the lawn at Heathfields Auxiliary Military Hospital, Ipswich on Sunday morning, to witness the presentation of medals by Brigadier-General R.K.Walsh, C.M.G., D.S.O. The medals presented were the D.C.M. to Pte. W. Young, of the R.A.M.C.; the Military Medal to Lance-Corpl. W. Parker, Suffolk Regiment; the Territorial Efficiency Medal to ex-Lance-Corpl. W.C. Rogers, late Suffolk Regiment; and the Military Medal, won by Sergt. C.A. Pizzey, Suffolk Regiment, to Mrs. Pizzey. As this was the first occasion on which such a function has been held at Heathfields, special arrangements were made, a platform being erected on the lawn, whilst the grounds were decorated with flags. All the patients of the hospital capable of being outdoors were present, whilst there was also a large gathering of wounded soldiers from the other military hospitals in the district, notably the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital. Mr. W.H. Laughlin, chairman of the House Committee, was present, as was Mr. Oliver C. Jones.
General Walsh, who was accompanied by Brigade-Major Captain Stewart and Staff Captain Hammond, in bestowing the decorations, said he regretted that, except in the case of Pte. Young, he had no information about the deeds which earned the recipients their medals. In the case of Pte. Young the facts were as follows:- “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. As medical orderly attached to a Tank battalion, though blown up and wounded, he performed his duties with the utmost coolness, attending wounded cases, as well as those of his own battalion. He accomplished fine work in helping to extinguish the burning clothing of two men. Throughout he displayed the greatest devotion to duty and an entire disregard of personal safety.” As he pinned on each of the medals the General warmly congratulated the recipients.
At the conclusion, on the motion of Mr. Laughlin, a vote of thanks was accorded General Walsh, after which Miss Vera Jones presented him with a bouquet of choice roses. Mr. Laughlin then presented to Pte. Young, Lance-Corpl. Parker, and Lance-Corpl. Rogers a pocket wallet, the gift of Mr. W.C. Yell.
A collection for the Suffolk Prisoners of War Fund realised £4. 8s.8 1/2d.
The photograph show (1) General Walsh pinning the D.C.M. on Pte. W.Young, and (2) ex-Lance-Corpl. W.C.Rogers, Lance-Corpl. W. Parker, and Pte. W. Young. Seated is Mrs. Pizzey.
Extra information courtesy of Jane Stanley.