SOUTHGATE, Henry Josiah Victor

No.33196, Private, Victor SOUTHGATE
Aged 20

5th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales' Own Yorkshire Regiment
formerly 9257 Northumberland Fusiliers
formerly 2710 Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Wednesday, 27th March 1918

Born in 1897 in Norton (2nd qtr Stow 4a:816) son of Harry and Josephine SOUTHGATE (née CROSS)

1901 census...Aged 3, he was at 7 St.Edmunds Place, Bury St.Edmunds with his father Harry SOUTHGATE, [35] timber merchant's labourer born Norton; his mother Josephine [34] born Honington; brother Jack [11] born Bury St.Edmunds; sisters Elsie [7] born Bury St.Edmunds and (Emma Charlotte)Gladys [11 months] born Bury St.Edmunds.

1911 census...Aged 13, he was still at 7 St.Edmunds Place with his parents; brother Alex [8]; sisters Gladys and Dorothy [2]. His mother had lost 3 of her 9 children, Joseph [1896-1896], Charlie Frank [1904-1905] and Mary May [1906-1907]

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds.

Not having found his service record, and dying of wounds, it is not possible to say when or where he was wounded. It was one week after the start of the German Spring Offensive, the Kaiserschlacht, when the Germans were sweeping all before them in most areas. From 21st to 28th the 5th Yorkshires appear to have been harried by the Germans in the area between Peronne and St.Quentin, generally withdrawing

photo C.W.G.C.

Victor Southgate is buried in Namps-au-Val British Cemetery, France 1:A:18
also commemorated on the St Edmunds Place shrine in Bury St.Edmunds

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