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Remembered Today:

Stanley Gordon Tripp, Private 43387 Norfolk Regt. KIA 4th Sept. 1916


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Stanley Gordon Tripp, private 43387 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment was born in Great Yarmouth in 1895 and was killed in action 4th September 1916 at The Somme.

Edmund Howard Nicholson, private 43277 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment also killed in action 4th September 1916 at The Somme.

Both men were related to my grandfather who likewise served with the Norfolk Regiment.

Can any member please enlighten me about this fateful day for the 1st Battalion?

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The 4th September 1916, according to The History of the Norfolk Regiment, was indeed a fateful day for the 1st Norfolks! An attack commenced at 8am on Falfemont but was held up by the cross fire of machine guns, and progress was only possible by crawling from shell hole to shell hole. All but two officers were killed or wounded. Although reinforced by other regiments, the attack stalled and the Norfolks dug in and waited for dusk. During the night they again attacked and in spite of machine guns causing heavy casualties they captured their objective of Falfemont Farm by 0700hrs. Unfortunately the 1st Norfolks then came under fire from our own 18 pounders, which could not be stopped until 1030hrs because of cut telephone communications. The capture of Falfemont involved serious casualties, Six officers killed, seven wounded, ORs killed fifty, wounded 212, missing believed killed 94.


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Placed a request for War Diary for 1st Battalion for 4th September 1916 in relevant War Diary section of this Forum also.

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Thank you Tara. Really useful posting.

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  • 3 months later...

Herbert William Pymer 1897-1916.

Private 43312 "A" company 1st Batt. Norfolk Regt.

Killed in action 4th September 1916.

Also in my family tree. 3 died on the same day in the same action.

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