Born: 1888, Ipswich.

Died on or since – previously missing: 16th August 1916; age 28; KiA.

Residence: 24, Chenery Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 265089

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

Formerly 1071, Suffolk Cyclist Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War + Territorial Force War Medal.


Memorial Reference:

Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

Thiepval Memorial,




Relatives Notified and Address: Son of William and Emily Jane Spinks, of 24, Chenery Street, Ipswich.




1891   14, Beck Street, Ipswich.


Percy was 3 years old and living with his parents

William Spinks, 28, a Grocer’s Porter; born Dunnington, Northamptonshire.

Emily Jane Spinks (nee Barnard ), 26; born Ipswich.


1901   20, Peel Street, Ipswich.


Percy was 12 years old and living with his parents & siblings

William, 38, a Cabman & Groom.

Emily, 36.

Jessie Winifred Spinks, 9, born Ipswich.

Walter Barnard Spinks, 7, born Ipswich.

Margaret Desborough Spinks, 4, born Ipswich.


1911   20, Peel Street, Ipswich.


Percy was 22 years old, a Factory Hay Packer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

William,48, a Hackney Driver Coachman.

Emily, 46.

Jessie, 19.

Walter, 17, a Machinist Carpenter.

Margaret, 14.

Charles Edward Spinks, 9, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to William Spinks – father.


Percy is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich.



Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion:

Taking two weeks rest behind the line in the Somme at Mericourt, the 2nd Battalion the Suffolk Regiment moved up near Maltz Farm, souh west to Trones Wood. The trenches were packed with troops for several days in preparation for the attack planed on the 16th August. The French 418th Regiment in co-operation with the British were to attack at 5.30 p.m. A rolling barrage commenced with the Battalions following the trail of destruction, on the left heavy machine gun fire checked the attack leading to a standstill, but on the right 250 yards were taken of the Cochrane Alley, where several Germans were captured. The Battalion returned to the original positions later that night.

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

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