Photograph courtesy of Angie
Born: 13th October 1915, 14, East Gate Street, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5826287.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion – Infantry.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick Harold & Beatrice Ellen Monk; husband of Elsie Edith Catherine Monk, of Tresmeer, Cornwall.
Father: Frederick Harold Monk, born 1894.
Mother: Beatrice Ellen Monk (nee Bray), born 1893, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
In 1940, Plymouth, Devon, Frederick married Elsie Edith Catherine Hamer, born 1919, Plymouth, Devon. They had 3 children.
The Battalion landed at 2 miles west of Ouistrehem. Queen White Beach.(Sword Beach.) at 0825.by the end of the day Frederick and nine others had been killed from his battalion, Hillman Strongpoint being the objective.
Diarist’s Narrative 1944 Evening Star Newspaper
An interesting description in diary form of the part played by a battalion of the Suffolk Regiment in the invasion of Normandy, and their activities up to D-plus-16 Day, is given in the current issue of the “Suffolk Regimental Gazette.”
The Suffolks were landed at the right beach at the right time. The beach looked a shambles. Men were lying about waiting to get off, tanks and carriers were either burning or moving about rather helplessly, as it was apparent that there were as yet no gaps made. The Boche was now shelling and mortaring the beach and water’s edge quite hard.
“Our craft,” says the diarist, “went right over one ramp obstacle with a mine on the top. As I saw we were going over it I said the first of many prayers I was to say on this day…… Luckily the whole ramp collapsed and the mine did not explode.
“Shelling became rather unpleasant, and several craft were hit. The men waded through about thirty yards of water up to their waists, and the next fifteen minutes was described as ‘like a nightmare,’ with the troops crouching down behind any cover they could find, wrecked vehicles, etc., and hoping for the best. Although the whole of the battalion was on that narrow beach – about thirty yards – and everyone close together, there was probably not more than a dozen casualties.”
Each Company had its allotted task. “C” Company had no difficulty in clearing a village about 1 1/2 miles inland a Battery of 105mm. guns surrendered to “B” Company before they attacked, but “A” Company was unable to get into their strong-point – a Regimental Headquarters – for several hours, during which two Platoons were pinned to the ground and unable to move. Flails were eventually used to enable tanks to get in and deal with the positions holding up the Suffolks. “A” and “C” companies mopped up. The German Regimental Commander was killed a few fought on until they were killed. The action cost the lives of Capt. R.G. Ryley,(Died 07/06/1944)( “A” Company commander. Lieut. T. Tooley, one of his Platoon Commanders, and about twelve men killed and wounded. The Divisional Commander congratulated the Suffolk Commanding Officer on the performance of the Battalion, “and he really meant it. “UNFORGETABLE SIGHT