No.13852, Corporal, Thomas REEMAN
9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Thomas REEMAN was born in Alpheton (4th qtr 1895 Sudbury 4a:635) son of Robert and Martha Ann REEMAN(née CREASEY)
1891 census...Aged 5 he was at Tuffin's Drift, Alpheton with his father Robert REEMAN  bricklayer born Long Melford; his mother Martha ; brother William Robert ; sisters Alice Ann , Ellen  Fanny  and Maud [8 weeks]. All except his father were born in Alpheton
1901 census...Aged 15, he was in Alpheton with his parents; sisters Annie , Ellen , Fanny [, Maude  and Bertha ; brothers Harry  and Stanley George .
His father died in 1908
1911 census...Aged 25, a farm labourer,he was at "near the School", Alpheton with his widowed mother (school cleaner); sister Maud (domestic); brothers Harry (farm labourer) and Stanley George (school).
His legatees were mother and sister Annie JARVIS
His younger brother Harry, a private in the same battalion was killed the same day as Thomas 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. During the attack the Battn behaved splendidily and it is regretted the casualties were so heavy. 2 officers killed, 7 wounded, OR 15 killed 185 wounded."
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