REEMAN, Harry Edward

No.17876, Private, Harry Edward REEMAN
Aged 20

9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on/since 13th September 1916

Harry Edward REEMAN was born in Alpheton (2nd qtr 1896 Sudbury 4a:762) son of Robert and Martha Ann REEMAN(née CREASEY)

1901 census...Aged aged 5, he was in Alpheton with his father Robert REEMAN [48] bricklayer born Long Melford; his mother Martha [43]; sisters Annie [22], Ellen [19], Fanny [[12], Maude [10] and Bertha [7]; brothers Thomas [15] and Stanley George [2].All except his father were born in Alpheton.

His father died in 1908

1911 census...Aged 15, a farm labourer, he was "near the School", Alpheton with his widowed mother (school cleaner); sister Maud (domestic); brothers Thomas (farm labourer) and Stanley George (school).

His legatees were mother and sister Annie JARVIS

His elder brother Thomas, a Corporal in the same battalion was killed the same day as Harry see here

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds.
The battalion was in trenches in Sandpits area. War Diary :-
"13th September..Battn ordered to attack enemy trenches. B C and D Coys attacked at 6:20 am. 1st two lines of enemy's trenches captured but owing to heavy casualties from artillery and M G fire the situation could not be cleared up. At 7:30pm A Coy were ordered to attack the QUADRILATERAL but failed to reach their objective owing to heavy MG fire. A new trench was dug by the Battn which enabled them to get in touch with the 2nd Sherwoods on the left and 8th Bedfords on the right.It also cleared the situation. Duirng the attack the Battn behaved splendidily and is is regretted the casualties were so heavy. 2 officers killed, 7 wounded, OR 15 killed 185 wounded."

Harry Reeman is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme pier/face 1C/2A

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