HARRY AKERS ROW

Born: 22nd March 1886, Saxmundham, Suffolk.

Died: 11th March 1915; age: 29; KiA – leading his men through murderous fire. Found lying in a trench, shot through the head at Neuve Chapelle.

Residence: North Lodge, Saxmundham, Suffolk.

Gazetted Second Lieutenant – 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment – 29th May 1913.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.

Rank: Second Lieutenant.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.

Grave Reference:

VI.F.8.

Pont-Du-Hem Military Cemetery,

La Gorgue,

France.

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Benjamin & Emily Row, of Saxmundham, Suffolk.

Brother to JOHN ERIC ROW.

CENSUS

1891   North Lodge, Saxmundham, Suffolk.

Harry was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Benjamin Row, 36, a Corn & Seed Merchant – employer, born Rendham, Suffolk.

Emily Row (nee Woodward), 32, born Dagworth Hall, Old Newton with Dagworth, Suffolk.

Pamela Mabel Row, 17, born Saxmundham.

Emily Louisa Row, 11, born Saxmundham.

Flora Constance Row, 8, born Saxmundham.

Ethel Blanche Row, 7, born Saxmundham.

Edith Maude Row, 3, born Saxmundham.

John Eric Row, 2 months, born Saxmundham.

1 nurse.

2 general domestic servants.

1901   Ipswich School, Henley Road, Ipswich.

Harry was 15 years old, he and his 10 year old brother, John were scholars and boarders at the school.

1911   North Lodge, Saxmundham, Suffolk.

Harry was 25 years old, he was assisting in the family business. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Ben, 56, a Corn, Seed & Coal Merchant – employer.

Emily, 52.

Edith, 23.

John, 20, a Clerk – Chemical Manure Works.

1 cook.

Harry attended Ipswich School – entered 1895.

On the 7th December 1917, Benjamin Row applied for the 1914 Star in respect of his late son. Harry’s medals were sent to Benjamin Row Esq. at North Lodge, Saxmundham.

Soldiers’ Effects to William Benjamin Row Esq. – father.

Harry is also remembered on the war memorial at Saxmundham, Suffolk, and on the Packard memorial at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford, Suffolk. His parents erected an engraved brass plaque at St. John the Baptist, Saxmundham, Suffolk and Ipswich School WW1 memorial.

Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion

The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 10th – 13th March 1915 was the first planned British offensive of the war. The objective was to take the German line at the Village of Neueve Chapelle and break out and head towards the City of Lille, with the main objective taking the Aubers Ridge beyond which was of strategic value. The Battle started well with a heavy bombardment of the German line (more shells fired on this occasion than the entire Boer War) with an advance which successfully took most of the first and second line trenches, but due to poor communications stalled once the village had been taken. The Germans then had time to set up more defensive lines outside of the village and hold the British advance. 40,000 British and Indian troops took part in the Battle with over 10,000+ Casualties.

The 4th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment entered the battle on the 11th of March taking up positions on the out skirts of the Neuve Chapelle facing the Bois Du Biez which later were ordered to occupy. The 4th Battalion lost many men through shelling on their positions followed by a counter attack on the 12th by the Germans. In total the Battalion sustained 217 casualties.

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