Photograph courtesy of Nicky Gibbs
(Top Image 1916 Newspaper)
Born: 1895, Beccles, Suffolk.
Died: 15th July 1916; age 21; KiA.
Residence: 2, Henniker Road, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
He went to the Suffolks from Colchester, Essex, and had been at the front except for a short break Christmas 1915.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 1890
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick Eade & Ellen Maria Lark, of 2, Pearce Villa, Henniker Road, Ipswich.
1901 8, Champion Cottages, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.
Frank was 6 years old and living with his parents & sisters.
Frederick Eade Lark, 30, a Tailor/Presser – Clothing Factory, born Beccles, Suffolk.
Ellen Maria Lark (nee Sampson), 31, born Redisham, Suffolk.
Constance Jessie Lark, 3, born Ipswich.
Gladys Eleanor Lark, 9 months, born Ipswich.
1911 Pearce Villas, 2, Henniker Road, Ipswich.
Frank was 16 years old, an Apprentice Cabinet Maker. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Frederick, 40, a Tailor – Journeyman.
Claude Arthur Lark, 9, born Ipswich.
Winifred Esther Lark, 6, born Ipswich.
Phyllis Ethel Lark, 3, born Ipswich.
Frederick George Lark, under 1 month.
Frank was a member of the All Saints’ Lads’ Brigade.
Soldiers’ Effects to Ellen M. Lark – mother.
The Somme offensive day 15
The battle of the Bazentin Ridge and the attack on High Wood.
The 4th Battalion the Suffolks 15th July 1916 regimental records:
While the 4th Battalion was moving through Becordel to the position between Fricourt and Mametz where they bivouacked during the night of July 14th-15th, the battle of the Bazentin Ridge was raging in all its fury. They were not destined, however, to remain long thus upon the fringe of the hostilities, and at dawn went out under the command of Major H.C.Copeman D.S.O on support the 1st Middlesex Regiment in an attack on Switch trench. After severe fighting, a line immediately in front of the Village of Bazentin-le-Petit was taken up and held for the remainder of the day. The casualties in the battalion, exceeding two hundred.
This is the highest death rate of the war for Ipswich. 17 men.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion: