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.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Nellie Dean (formerly Grimwood), of 7, Tanners Lane, Ipswich.
Brother to CHARLES ISAAC GRIMWOOD.
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.
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.
In 1914, Ipswich, George married Helena E. Abbott, born 1893, Ipswich. They had 1 daughter:
Eva M. Grimwood, 1915, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Helena E. Dean – widow & Mrs Julia Friend – for the child’s benefit.
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.