Born: 13th October 1885, Ipswich.
Died: 12th March 1915; age 30. KiA at Neuve Chapelle.
Residence: 15, Cobbold Street, Ipswich.
Employed: as a Machinist at the Stoke factory, Ransomes & Rapier Ltd., Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich; 2nd September 1902. Volunteered for foreigh service on the outbreak of war.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 106
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, ‘C’ Company, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
VIII. E. 47.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified and Address: Son of Henry and Mary Ann Podd, of Ipswich; husband of Kate Edith Elizabeth Podd, of 15, Cobbold Street, Ipswich.
1891 3, Plough Street, Ipswich.
John was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Henry Podd, 34, a Painter; born Ipswich.
Mary Ann Podd ( nee Button), 34; born Ipswich.
Walter Henry Podd, 9, born Ipswich.
Emma Alice Podd, 8, born Ipswich.
1901 23, Wykes Bishops Street, Ipswich.
John was 17 years old and a Labourer at the Iron Foundry. He was living with his parents & brothers.
Henry, 44, a House Painter.
Mary Ann, 44.
Walter, 9, a General Labourer.
Charles Criss Podd, 7, born Ipswich.
1911 23, Wykes Bishops Street, Ipswich.
John was 26 years old, a General Labourer at Crane Builders. He was living with his parents & brother.
Henry, 54, a House painter.
Mary Ann, 54.
Charles, 17, a Striker at a Blacksmith – Agricultural Implements.
John attended Cavendish Street School, Ipswich.
On the 12th March 1913, at Butley Church, Suffolk, John Edmund Podd married Kate Edith Elizabeth Mayhew, born 1883, Butley, Suffolk. They had 1 son:
John Edmund Podd, born June 1915, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Kate Edith Elizabeth Podd – widow.
Additional information by Graham Jones:
Sgt 106, C Company, 4th Suffolks. Enlisted Ipswich, killed in action 12 March 1915 age 30. Son of Henry and Mary Ann Podd, of Ipswich, Suffolk; husband of Kate Edith Elizabeth Podd, of 15, Cobbold St., Ipswich, Suffolk. Buried in Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuichy, near Bethune, France.
Taking part in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, before dawn on 12 March, the 4th Battallion was ordered to move forward from trenches at Windy Corner to the Rue de Berceaux. As it moved off, the column was subjected to a severe artillery barrage, inflicting many casualties.
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.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion
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.
Edmund is also remembered on the Ransome & Rapier Ltd. war memorial, Bourne Park Ipswich
St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich.
Suffolk Regiment, ‘C’ Company, 4th Battalion: