Portrait courtesy of Kelvin Dakin.
Born: 1889, Somersham, Suffolk.
Baptised: 28th July 1889, Somersham.
Died: 16th September 1916; age 27; KiA.
Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; employed at Edward Packard & Co., Bramford, Suffolk.
Date of Entry Therein: 31st August 1915 – France.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 16174
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 9th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
1891 Somersham, Suffolk.
Maurice was a year old and living with his parents.
Joseph William Emsden, 27, an Agricultural Labourer, born Nettlestead, Suffolk.
Alice Emsden (nee Seager), 25, born Chelmondiston, Suffolk.
1901 Hill Cottages, Little Blakenham, Suffolk.
Maurice was 11 years old and living with his widowed father & brother.
Joseph, 37, a Horseman on Farm.
Frederick George Emsden, 9, born Somersham.
1911 30, Waveney Road, Ipswich.
Maurice was 22 years old, a General Labourer – Chemical Manure Manufacturer. He was living with his father, brother, step mother & step siblings.
Joseph, 47, an Agricultural Labourer.
Eliza Harriet Emsden (nee Green), 43, born Hintlesham, Suffolk.
Frederick, 19, a Labourer – Chemical Manure Manufacturer.
Ethel Gertrude Emsden, 8, born Bramford, Suffolk.
Joseph Herbert Emsden, 7, born Bramford.
Florence Louisa Emsden, 4, born Bramford.
Frank Albert Emsden, 2, born Bramford.
Maurice’s mother Alice Emsden died, 1898, Little Blakenham, Suffolk.
Soldiers’ Effects to Eliza H. Emsden – step mother.
Maurice is also remembered on the Edward Packard & Co. factory war memorial at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford, Suffolk.
The Battle of Flers- Courcelette September 1916
Following an attack on the 13th the 9th Battalion under heavy machine gun fire in the “Quadrilateral” sector took on a German outpost gaining 400 yards of open ground, with no further forward movement dug in. on the 15th the offensive resumed after 3 days of heavy bombardment. During the battle tanks were used.
The 9th Battalion moved forward on the 16th in support of the 9th Norfolk Regiment zero hour at 06:20 advancing an hour and a half later under heavy machine gun fire making it difficult to make any headway. At 08:30 a.m. Lieut.-Colonel Mack the commanding officer moved his headquarters to the front-line trench, while observing the attack was hit by machine gun fire and killed passing the command to his Adjutant. C.Allerton. The attack then stalled and the men dug in under now heavy German artillery. 12 officers were killed or wounded 35 ranks killed and 93 wounded. Over all the division for this battle took upwards of 3500 casualties.