SAMUEL RATTLE

   Photograph courtesy of John Reffell

 

Born: 27th November 1891, Bredfield Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Died: 25th April 1915; age 24; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: 1908.

Date of Entry Therein: 23rd August 1914.

 

Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 10595

Regiment: Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.

 

Memorial Reference:

Panel 44 & 46.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,

West-Vlaanderen,

Belgium.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John & Sarah Ann Rattle, of 45, Surbiton Road, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   Bredfield Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

 

Samuel was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John Rattle, 36, an Iron Moulder, born Woodbridge.

Sarah Ann Rattle (nee Land), 34, born Norfolk.

John Rattle, 14, a General Labourer, born Woodbridge.

Sarah Ann Rattle, 13, born Woodbridge.

Mary Ann Rattle, 11, born Woodbridge.

James Rattle, 8, born Woodbridge.

Elizabeth Hannah Rattle, 6, born Woodbridge.

Edith Rattle, 4, born Woodbridge.

Rose Rattle, 2, born Woodbridge.

Charles Arthur Rattle, 1, born Woodbridge.

 

1911   Marlborough Lines, Aldershot, Hampshire.

 

Samuel was 19 years old, a Soldier ranked Lance Corporal.

 

Evening Star – At the Woodbridge Petty Sessions on Thursday, 2nd August 1906, Samuel and his friends, Bertie Berry, Charles Self and Sidney Everett, all of Woodbridge, were summonded before Sir Howard Whitbread (Chairman), Colonel R.J. Carthew, and C.H. Lomax, Esq., charged with wilful damage to the river wall at Melton, the property of the Ipswich Malting Company. Frank Shelcott, foreman malster, deposed of seeing the lads pulling lumps of clay out of the wall on the previous Sunday evening. This had been done several times, and when he said anything to the lads the abused him. Something over £150 had benn spent in repairing the wall during the past 12 months. Supt. Lingley said the police had many complaints about the conduct of these boys on the river wall, both in Melton and Woddbridge. Rev. R. Denman-Dean and Rev. F.C. Titcombe gave Bertie Berry a good character. Samuel and his friends all pleaded guilty, and were each fined 5s. 6d., including costs, and damage 1s. 3d., in default seven days.’ 

 

Soldiers’ Effects to John Rattle – father.

 

On the outbreak of war he was stationed at Gravesend, Landing at Boulogne on the 22nd of August 1914, seeing action at The Battle of Cateau, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of Aisne, The Battle of Messines. In 1915 between 22nd April and 25th May, The Second Battle of Ypres took place. It was reported that the battle had over 59,000 British casualties with the first mass use of poison gas released by the Germans. A thick green and yellow heavy mist drifted on to the trenches chocking and creating panic in the lines. At that point most troops were issued only cotton pads soaked in urine to neutralise the chlorine gas.

 

Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion

 

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