No.2387, Lance Corporal, Guy OLIVER
Aged 25

"A" Coy, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Saturday, 21st August 1915

Born in 1890 (2nd qtr Bury St.Edmunds 4a:710) son of Charles and Mary Edith OLIVER (née LEECH). Baptised 15th June 1890 at St.James, Bury St.Edmunds

1891 census...aged 11 months, he was at a boarding house at 2 High Beach, Felixstowe with his sister Gwendoline Edith [10], Olive Agnes[8] and Sybil Emily [6] ; brothers Hubert [9], Roy Henry Sturley [5], Kenneth William [4] and George Gordon [2]. His parents, Charles OLIVER [37] a grocer born Bury St.Edmunds and his mother Mary Edith [38] born Kenninghall, were at 76 Risbygate Street, Bury St.Edmunds.

1901 census...Aged 10, he was at Framlingham College. His parents, sister Gwendoline and brother Ernest [7] were at 76 Risbygate Street; Brothers Kenneth and George were at Framlngham College. His sister Olive and Sybil were at Ladies College at St.Helier, Jersey.

1911 census...He has yet to be identified in this census. His number indicates he did not enlist until early October 1914. His parents were on holiday in Felixstowe. Sister Gwendoline was a nurse at St John nd St Elizabeth Hospital Grove Road London. At 20 Northgate Street, Bury St.Edmunds were his sisters Olive Agnes, and Sybil Emily; brothers Kenneth William and George Gordon

His brother Ernest died in West Africa in August 1917 see here

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds.

According to Lt Col. Murphy's "History of the Suffolk Regiment", the Battalion from 18th to 27th August were in local reserve trenches, working hard and constantly harassed by snipers and shrapnel. CWGC records show however that on the 21st they had 53 die,only one with a known grave. However no roll call had been taken for some days and it is firmly believed that many of these 53 had in fact died in a fierce action on the 12th.

Guy Oliver is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli panels 46,47

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