Born: 1878, Ipswich.
Died: 13th November 1916; age 38; KiA.
Employed: Phillips & Piper Ltd., Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Date of Entry Therein: 10th October 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 35026
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Formerly 3/7913, Suffolk Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Jessie Makin, of 21, North Hill Road, Ipswich & the late John Day Makin.
1881 11, Freehold Terrace, Ipswich.
George was 3 years old and living with his parents & brothers.
John Day Makin, 38, a Tailor, born Hadleigh, Suffolk.
Jessie Makin (nee Fowler), 31, born Edinburgh, Scotland.
John Alex Makin, 8, born Philadelphia, United States of America.
Harry Makin, 6, born Philadelphia, United States of America.
Walter Randel Makin, 4, born Ipswich.
1891 Seckford Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
George was 13 years old and living with his parents & brothers.
John, 48, a Manager of Clothing Factory.
John, 18, a Printer’s Apprentice.
Harry, 16, a Wholesales Clothier’s Clerk.
Walter, 14, a Coachbuilder’s Apprentice.
1901 Denmoss House, 118 – 138, Camden High Street, London.
George was 23 years old, a Furniture Salesman, for 35 year old, Thomas K. Bowman, a House Furnisher.
1911 21, North Hill Road, Ipswich.
George was 33 years old, a Tailor Presser. He was living with his parents.
John, 68, a Tailor.
DENMOSS HOUSE, at No 138 Camden High Street/No 10 Greenland Street is a significant building, dating from 1893, which was a purpose-built furniture store for Bowman Brothers, a family business. It has strong overtones of the Arts and Crafts style, with red brick and stone dressings, Dutch gables, a steep roof, tall chimneys and mosaic inlay above the windows advertising each department.
The Battle of Ancre in the Serre sector was the last of the 1916 Battles of the Somme for the 2nd Battalion. The weather had been very poor with flooded trenches, many communication trenches being abandoned. The Battalion was sent into the line on the 6th November for an attack, but was later cancelled through more bad weather and rescheduled for the 10th, this too was canceled. On the night of the 12th the Battalion moved out onto open positions, moving off at 05:00 hrs on the 13th. Moving in extremely muddy conditions making slow progress through “no mans land” taking the first wave 45 minutes to reach the German lines. The weather had given them good cover, but all officers on the first wave were casualties, despite this, the Suffolk’s reach the second line. Holding it the rest of the day the battalion was unable to move more men up through the mud and wire failing to reorganise. The battalion returned back to the line taking 272 casualties.