GEORGE HENRY GRIMWOOD

Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.

 

Born: 1891, Ipswich.

Died on or since: 3rd July 1916; age: 25; KiA.

Residence: 1, Waterloo Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 30th May 1915 – France.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 9371.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

 

Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 1C & 2A.

Thiepval Memorial,

Somme,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Nellie Dean (formerly Grimwood), of 7, Tanners Lane, Ipswich.

 

Brother to CHARLES ISAAC GRIMWOOD.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   38, Gibson Street, Ipswich.

 

George was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Grimwood, 32, a Quay Labourer, born Ipswich.

Eliza Anne Grimwood (nee Sporle), 29, born Ipswich.

Arthur William Grimwood, 7, born Ipswich – drowned aboard FV ‘Jupiter’ in December 1909.

Henry William Grimwood, 6, born Ipswich.

Charles Isaac Grimwood, 5, born Ipswich.

Annie Elizabeth Grimwood, 1, born Ipswich.

 

1911   Royal Artillery Barracks, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

 

George was 21 years old, a Bar Assistant at the barracks beer bar.

 

George and Charlie’s brother Arthur William Grimwood, was 16 years old when at Grimsby, Lincolnshire on the 5th August 1909, he became an Apprentice bound to The Grimsby & North Sea Steam Trawler Co. Ltd., for a term of 4 years & 5 months, until 1914 when his year in which the indenture expired. On the 27th November 1909, the FV ‘Jupiter,’ built 1898, sailed from Grimsby to fish off Amrumbank, Denmark. The steam trawler was due back in Grimsby port on the 9th December. On the 3rd December, ‘Vampire’ sighted ‘Jupiter’ fishing with other vessels on the Horn Reef, near the Danish coast. During the early hours of the 4th December 1909, great gales swept over the North Sea. FV ‘Jupiter’ failed to return to port and reported vessel missing. By the 28th December 1909, all hope was abandoned. The Skipper, 10 hands, including 3 appentices were supposed drowned.

 

In 1914, Ipswich, George married Helena E. Abbott, born 1893, Ipswich.

They had 1 daughter:

Eva May Grimwood, 1915, Ipswich.

 

George became father to Helena’s son:

George Henry Abbott, born August 1913, Ipswich. George later changed his surname to Grimwood.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Helena E. Dean – widow & Mrs. Julia Friend (wife of Herbert Charles Friend) – for the child’s benefit.

Miss Elsie Mabel Cobbold, president of the Ipswich branch of the Soldiers and Sailors’ Families Association, Town Hall was recorded as Eva May Grimwood’s guardian.

 

Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion

The 7th Battalion Suffolk Regiment lost many Ipswich men during day 3 of the offensive. On July 1st , at 7.30am the Battle of the Somme started.
That day was a terrible and tragic day, out of the 1000’s of British and Commonwealth men who went ‘over the top’ to attack the German positions 19,340 were killed and 38,500 were wounded.

“On 2 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the 7th Battalion was moved up to the British front line trenches. On 3rd July, as part of the 35th Brigade, along with the 5th Royal Berkshires, the 7th Suffolk’s Battalion took part in a two Brigade frontal attached on Ovillers, zero hour was set for 03.15am. The first four waves reached the enemies’ third line of defence where after meeting very stiff resistance, the attack stalled. Due to the darkness the succeeding waves lost touch and were unable to assist. Casualties numbered 470 including all company commanders killed.” The remnants of the Battalion remained in the trenches until 8 July.

Extract from the history of the Suffolk regiment 1914-27. by Lt-C0l.C.C.R .Murphy.

 

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