MANNING, Ireland William

No.203166, Private, Ireland William MANNING
Aged 37

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
formerly 3474 Suffolk Regiment
formerly 43992 Imperial Yeomanry
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 26th September 1917

Born in Elmswell in 1880 (4th qtr Stow 4a:593) son of Amos and Elizabeth MANNING (née CLARKE)

1891 census... Aged 10, he was at 39 Garland Stree, Bury St.Edmunds with his father Amos MANNING [33] fish hawker born Elmswell; his mother Elizabeth [31] born Dovercourt; brother Charles [3] born Bury St.Edmunds; sisters Eva [7] born Elmswell and Bessie [1] born Bury St.Edmunds.

1901 census...Aged 20, farm labourer, he was at 9 Chapel Road, Bury St.Edmunds with his parents (father now woodman) ; brothers Charles, Arthur [6] and Albert [3]; sisters Eva, Bessie and Florence [9]. The youngest three all born in Bury St.Edmunds.

He married Agnes Suzanne STEELE[25-12-1880] in Bury St.Edmunds in 1903.

1911 census...Aged 30, a carman, he was at 58 Eastgate Street, Bury St.Edmunds with his wife Agnes [30] and their children, William [5] Florence [3] and Eva [1]. His wife and all children were born in Bury St.Edmunds,

Their children were William Arthur [6-10-1905], Florence May [5-12-1907], Eva Jessie [19-10-1909], Jessie Mabel Elizabeth [26-12-1912] and Charles Edward [4-3-1915]

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds on 20th January 1902 in the Imperial Yeomanry, no.43992, giving his age as 21 years 3 months, a labourer born in Elmswell, Suffolk. He was 5 feet 4.75 inches tall, weighed 139 lbs, chest 34 to 36 inches, hazel eyes, brown hair, Church of England.Next of kin, his father W A Manning, 9 Chapel Row, Out Eastgate, Bury St.Edmunds.
He was posted to the 34th Battalion, Imperial Infantry at Aldershot. Discharged at end of service on 19 January 1903. The time and length of his service in South Africa did not qualify him for the Queen's South Africa medal.

On the 26th the battalion had taken part in a successful attack and captured Zonnebeke. On the 27th it was relatively quiet apart from some sniper fire. In the evening the Germans mounted a counter-attack but this was beaten off. It may have been relatively quiet but 22 of the 2nd Suffolk s were killed that day, none with a known grave

photo C.W.G.C.

Ireland Manning is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium panels 40,41

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