No.43149, Private, Robert RICKWOOD
Aged 23

7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
formerly No.843, Suffolk Regiment.
Killed in Action on Monday, 8th August 1916

Territorial Force War Medal
awarded for 12 years Territorial service (war years counting double)

Robert Rickwood was born in West Stow in 1892 (Thingoe Q4-1892 4A:691) son of Robert and Elizabeth RICKWOOD (née WINDWOOD).

1901 census...Aged 9, he was at Cottage, West Stow with his father Robert RICKWOOD [41] brickyard labourer, born Timworth; his mother Elizabeth [39] born Timworth; brothers William [19] farm labourer born Bury St Edmunds, Thomas [11] born West Stow and Harry [4] born West Stow; sisters Louisa [16] born Bury St Edmunds and Maria [14] born Flempton.

1911 census...Aged 18, he was at West Stow Heath with his parents and brother William Robert, Thomas and Henry. All the siblings were farm labourers.

CWGC have them living at West Stow Locks.

He enlisted in Bury St Edmunds. His earlier Suffolk Regt number was according to the Register of Soldiers Personal Effects as a Lance Corporal in 6th (Cyclists) Battalion.

The battalion war diary simply states "27th- Enemy shelled HOG LANE...28th All Quiet". CWGC have 4 killed on the 28th.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Robert Rickwood is buried in Agny Military Cemetery, grave F:46

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