Born: 1897, Ipswich.
Died: 15th July 1916; age 19; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich; date: November 1915; age 18.
Thomas trained at Halton Camp, Buckinghamshire.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 3789
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Eldest son of Richmond Ernest & Eva Mabel Adams (Stepmother), of ‘Glenhurst’ Vale Road, Chesham, Buckinghamshire.
Cousin to Alfred (Albert) Edward BREWER.
1901 Upper Grange Road, Beccles, Suffolk.
Thomas was 4 years old and living with his parents & brother.
Richmond Ernest Adams, 29, a Printer’s Proof Reader, born Ipswich.
Gertrude Lizzie Adams (nee Stokes), 29, born Ipswich.
Cyril Ernest Adams, 1, born Beccles.
1911 Rose Villa, Upper Grange Road, Beccles.
Thomas was 14 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Richmond, 39, a Printer’s Press Reviser.
Gertrude Winifred Adams, 7, born Beccles.
Thomas’s mother, Gertrude Lizzie Adams died 1914, Beccles, Suffolk.
Thomas was educated at Beccles College, Suffolk, at 20 Guineas per annum, where he studied and sat College of Preceptors examinations, before moving up to Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.
Between 1909 – 1911, Thomas played football with the local print works team, Caxton Football Team.
Soldiers’ Effects to Richmond E. Adams – father.
Thomas is also remembered on the war memorial at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.
Extra information courtesy of Alan – Beccles Museum – https://becclesmuseum.org.uk/world-war-one-project/
The Somme offencive day 15
The battle of the Bazentin Ridge and the attack on High Wood.
The 4th Battalion the Suffolks 15th July 1916 regimental records:
While the 4th Battalion was moving through Becordel to the position between Fricourt and Mametz where they bivouacked during the night of July 14th-15th, the battle of the Bazentin Ridge was raging in all its fury. They were not destined, however, to remain long thus upon the fringe of the hostilities, and at dawn went out under the command of Major H.C.Copeman D.S.O on support the 1st Middlesex Regiment in an attack on Switch trench. After severe fighting, a line immediately in front of the Village of Bazentin-le-Petit was taken up and held for the remainder of the day. The casualties in the battalion, exceeding two hundred.
This is the highest death rate of the war for Ipswich one of 17 men.