JOHN WOODS

 

 

Born: Ipswich.

Died on or since: 8th May 1915; KiA.( no age given)

Date of Entry Therein: 16th January 1915 – France.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 7379

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

 

Grave Reference:

Panel 21.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,

West-Vlaanderen,

Belgium.

 

John’s War Gratuity was paid to the Clerk to the Guardians Ipswich Union.

Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion. 84th Brigade

The Second Battle of Ypres was underway and the 1st Battalion was to suffer over a thousand casualties in six weeks with fierce fighting along the Salient. The Battle of Frezenberg Ridge and Bellewaarde Ridge were to take its toll on the 1st Battalion. At 10:00 a.m on the 8th May, the attack began with heavy shelling from both sides of all calibre, then came a cloud of yellow green poison gas that drifted through the British lines. Blinded and choking men continued to fight on still under a hail of bullets and shell fire. The shelling had cut most of the communication wires, with little information passing through. The exposed roads gave little shelter for the limited supply line. The German attack had overwhelmed the British, by noon the Battalion had 400 casualties with 12 Ipswich men dead and more to be killed or die of wounds in the following weeks.

 

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