Image from the 1916 Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1895, Marlesford, Suffolk.

Died: 15th July 1916; age: 21; KiA.

Residence: 9, Suffolk Road, Ipswich.

Employed: Messrs. Wrinch & Sons, Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914 – France.


Rank: Lance Sergeant; Service Number: 1353.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion – attached Machine Gun Corps.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 1C & 2A.

Thiepval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Lucy Florence Howell Brightwell, of 13, Serpentine Road, Ipswich.




1901   Main Road, Marlesford, Suffolk.

Harry was 6 years old and living with his widowed father & siblings.

Joseph Howell, 51, a Millwright, born Wickham Market, Suffolk.

William James Howell, 4, born Marlesford.

Lizzie Maria Howell, 2, born Marlesford.

1 housekeeper.


1911   23, Wolsey Street, Ipswich.

Harry was 16 years old, a Bottler – Wines & Sprites. He was living with his father & siblings.

Joseph, 63, a Millwright.

May Muriel Howell, 18, the family Housekeeper, born Marlesford.

Willie, 14, a Packing Case Maker – Foundry.

Lizzie, 11.


Harry’s mother was Clara Louisa Howell (nee Minter), born 1864, born Marlesford – died May 1899, Marlesford.


In 1916, Ipswich, Harry married Lucy Florence Durrant, born June 1895, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects: Lucy Florence Howell – widow.



The Somme offensive day 15

The battle of the Bazentin Ridge and the attack on High Wood.

The 4th Battalion the Suffolk’s 15th July 1916 regimental records:

While the 4th Battalion was moving through Becordel to the position between Fricourt and Mametz where they bivouacked during the night of July 14th-15th, the battle of the Bazentin Ridge was raging in all its fury. They were not destined, however, to remain long thus upon the fringe of the hostilities, and at dawn went out under the command of Major H.C.Copeman D.S.O on support the 1st Middlesex Regiment in an attack on Switch trench. After severe fighting, a line immediately in front of the Village of Bazentin-le-Petit was taken up and held for the remainder of the day. The casualties in the battalion, exceeding two hundred.

This is the highest death rate of the war for Ipswich. 17 men.

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