Image from 1915 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1891, Chelmondiston, Suffolk.

Died: 12th March 1915; age 23; Died of Wounds. at the battle of Neuve Chapelle

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 837

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Grave Reference:


Estaires Communal Cemetery & Extension.



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Daniel Tovell of Chelmondiston.




1901   near Church, Chelmondiston, Suffolk.


Daniel was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Daniel Tovell, 57, a carpenter, born Chelmondiston.

Ada Alberta Tovell (nee King), 48, born Chelmondiston.

Mabel Jane Tovell, 22, born Chelmondiston.

Arthur James Tovell, 16, a Groom, born Chelmondiston.

Walter Edward Tovell, 14, a Groom, born Chelmondiston.


1911   14, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.


Daniel was 19 years old, a Stone Mason’s Apprentice. He was living with his brother & his family.

Arthur, 26, a Monumental Mason.

Kate, 26.

Audrey May, 2.


Soldiers’ Effects to Ada Alberta Tovell – mother.

Daniel was also known as “Percy” as he shared his fathers name.

Daniel is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Andrew’s Church, Chelmondiston, Suffolk; and on his parents headstone at St. Andrew’s Churchyard.

Ling, Webber, Tovell and Bridges (seated)


 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.

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment



One Comment

  • This was my Great Uncle and this is not a photograph that the family have seen. As I was born on the 12th March 1939, the date of Uncle Percy’s death on the 12th March has always been a reminder of him and his colleagues and how they gave their lives that we may live. He died of his wounds from that Battle. The family have visited the grave at Estaire Cemetery and I have a photo of his original resting place with a wooden cross marking the place.


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