JOSEPH MULLETT

JOE

 

Born: 9th November 1886, Ipswich.

Died: 27th March 1918; age 31; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 19622

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

In August 1919 the grave was discovered alongside four other graves, all marked with crosses with German inscriptions – one body was of an Unknown British Soldier of the Suffolk Regiment. No. 119 Labour Coy exhumed and reburied the bodies at Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery.

 

Grave Reference:

II.L.19.

Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery,

Albert,

Somme,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of R. Mullett, of 184, Fore Street, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   7, Bright Street, Ipswich.

 

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

Charles Mullett, 43, a Sea Mariner, born Ipswich.

Hannah Mullett (nee Potter), 39, born Debenham, Suffolk.

Charles Henry Mullett, 19, a Sea Mariner, born Ipswich.

Leonard Walter Mullett, 16, a Sea Mariner, born Ipswich.

William Mullett, 12, born Ipswich.

Albert Edward Mullett, 10, born Ipswich.

Octavius Ernest Mullett, 8, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Frances Mullett, 6, born Ipswich.

Frank John Mullett, 3, born Ipswich.

John Mullett, 1, born Ipswich.

 

1901   24, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.

 

Joseph was 15 years old, a Carman’s Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Charles, 51, a Sailor – Seaman.

Hannah, 49.

William, 21, a Royal Horse Artillery – Soldier.

Octavious, 18, a Sailor – Seaman.

Elizabeth, 16.

Frank, 13.

John, 10.

 

On the 1st April 1916, in Ipswich, Joseph married, Rebecca Harris, an assistant in her father’s business, born 1886, in a travellers caravan at Stebbing, Essex – daughter of John Harris, a travelling showman – own account, and Mary Ann Harris (nee Robinson).

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Rebecca Mullett – widow.

Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion:

On March 20th 1918 the 7th Battalion were enjoying the start of a rest period but within hours the Germans began a major offensive at Picardy. The division having taken up positions in the area of  Busnes, receiving orders during the night of the 24th-25th moved south to the Albert sector. Travelling through the night under clear moonlight skies while passing through Lillers German aircraft bombed the town taking advantage of the clear skies.

On arrival, they were given orders to take up positions along the line of Bazentin-le-Montauban near Fricourt, which was quickly cancelled being ordered back to Albert.

During the morning of the 26th, the 7th battalion found itself defending the Albert bridge-heads which had been constructed by the 8th Suffolk’s in 1916.

The German offensive had been pushing forward for five days and had pushed all British units to the limit and quoted in the records as “a confused and desperate character” with limited supplies, and no artillery or mortar support fighting against overwhelming German numbers.

The 7th position ran from the train station 300 yards to the Albert-Amiens road which taking up positions at 15:00hrs dug themselves in. By 16:30 the Germans began to advance in waves a lewis gunner coving the approach at 100 yards caused heavy casualties until it was put out of action.

No. 3 platoon “A” company twice beat off the German advance with fire support from No.2 Platoon and the Machine gun corps. Sweeping the bridgehead with a “deadly effect

By 22:20 the Germans in strength using mortars and hand grenades crossed the bridgehead pushing the 7th out of their forward position, taking just 10 minutes to make new machine gun positions in captured buildings west of the bridge.

23:15 “C” company launched a counterattack taking back most of the positions except the bridgehead.

No.2 Platoon just before midnight with support from the 5th Northamptonshire Regiment attacked the house and the bridgehead but failed to regain both mainly through lack of grenades and fire support pulling back 300 hundred yards and digging in new positions.

By dawn No. 2 platoon was reduced to just 3 men the Battalion had sustained 256 casualties including 12 officers. The 7th Battalion was withdrawn back to Henencourt to rest.

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