Born: 1892, Ipswich.
Died: 9th August 1917; age 24; KiA.
Residence: 17, Castle Street, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 3rd December 1914 – France.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 9155
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Benjamin & Amelia Bacon.
Brother to WILLIAM BACON.
1901 17, Castle Street, Ipswich.
John was 8 years old and living with his parents & brothers.
Benjamin Charles Elisha Bacon, 35, an Iron Moulder, born Ipswich.
Amelia Bacon (nee Cutting), 33, born Ipswich.
Benjamin Bacon, 10, born Ipswich.
William Bacon, 5, born Ipswich.
1911 17, Castle Street, Ipswich.
John was 18 years old and living with his parents & brothers.
Benjamin, 45, a Painter at Foundry – Agricultural Manufacturer.
Benjamin, 20, a Milk Seller – Farmer.
William, 15, an Errand Lad.
John’s father, Benjamin Charles Elisha Bacon died 1913, Ipswich. His mother, Amelia Bacon died in the summer of 1918, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Amelia Bacon – mother, and later to Benjamin Bacon – brother.
9th August 1917 The 7th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment
Throughout the summer months the 7th battalion remained in the Arras sector following the Aprils action (Battle of Arras) the remnants were organised into two weak companies and used in the Monchy sector in raiding activity. On the 9th August As soon as it was light the artillery began to bombard a belt of enemy trenches 2000 yards long 300 yards deep, the bombardment being continued throughout the hours of daylight. While this was in progress the front line was very thinly held, the bulk of the battalion being in caves in its own headquarters line. During the evacuation of the front line Captain L.A.G. Bowen, MC and 2nd Lieut. A. Green were gassed with phosgene shells. At 19:45 p.m the strong patrols and raiders, began moving forward under a creeping barrage, the 7th Battalion heading towards Bois du Vert and the Mound. Within a short time prisoners began to trickle in. A soon as the German first line had been reached a box barrage was put down and his second line raided. The operation was a marked success, and though the casualties were heavy, valuable information was obtained and great damage inflicted. The Battalion brought back sixty-nine prisoners and two machine guns. Captain Morbey was killed on his own parapet, after the raid was over by fire from a German aeroplane.
Extracts from The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914-27 Lieut. Colonel C.C.R.Murphy
THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT 7th (Service) Battalion: