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7th Bn Suffolk Regiment


lin.richardson

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Can anyone please assist with movements of this Battalion for January to 3rd July 1916 .

Any help would be much appreciated

Lin

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Lin

7 Suffolks were with 35 Brigade of 12 Division.

Did you read this page from the Long Long Trail ?

http://www.1914-1918.net/12div.htm

For more specific detail the unit War Dairy is at Kew under WO95/1852.

Sotonmate

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Regimental History (Lt Col C C R Murphy) deals with the period up to 1st July briefly:

Into billets near bethune on 4th January, proceeding to the Lillers area after a fortnight. Mid-Feby, in the line near Sailly-Labourse. German raids on The Hairpin, and rifle grenades and snipers were aggressive and caused "some loss and considerable annoyance". On 24th April they proceeded to Lillers by train, marching into Corps reserve at Floringhem and into 1st Army manouevre area at Estree Blanche. Beginning of June to Mazingarbe, then south to Albert, arriving Henincourt 1st July.

On 3rd July they took part in the assault on Ovillers where, although getting to the enemy 3rd Line, they were cut off and lost heavily. All Company Commanders were killed, and only one Major and three subalterns escaped unscathed. Total casualties 470, of whom 3 Captains and 9 Lieutenants or Second Lieutenants were killed, with the MO missing.

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Lin

7 Suffolks were with 35 Brigade of 12 Division.

Did you read this page from the Long Long Trail ?

http://www.1914-1918.net/12div.htm

For more specific detail the unit War Dairy is at Kew under WO95/1852.

Sotonmate

Many thanks for this, I have requested estimate for War Diary 1st Jan 1916 - 31st July 1916.

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Many thanks to Steven Broomfield for background information.

I am currently looking into my Great Uncle Thomas Wimpress 18169 7th Suffolk Reg. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.

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