TWEED, Ralph Edwin

No.7710, Corporal, Ralph Edwin TWEED
Aged 25

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Friday, 18th August 1916

Born in Kennett (3rd qtr 1891 Newmarket 3b:502) son of Benjamin Henry and Eleanor Maria TWEED(née BORLEY)

1901 census...Aged 9, he was at 3 Etna Road, Bury St.Edmunds with his father Benjamin TWEED [38] railway porter born Cheveley; his mother; brothers Albert V[11] born Kennett, Jubilee Jack [3] and Spencer [1] the latter 2 born in Bury St.Edmunds; sisters Amy [7] and Hilda [5], both born Bury St.Edmunds. Brother Benjamin was still with his widower grandfather John Borley in Chippenham.

1911 census...Aged 21, he was in the Suffolk Regiment at Polymedea Camp, Cyprus ( he seems to have added twp years to his age). At 92 Fornham Road, Bury St.Edmunds were his parents; brothers Albert (in dying and cleaning), Jack, Spencer and Charles [8]; sister Eva [10]

His father died in 1917. The family had moved later to Stockhold Green, Thurston.

His brother Albert was killed in Belgium in 1917, exactly one year later see here

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds.

The battalion were in the battle for Cochran Alley, half way between Hardecourt and Guillemeont, running eastward from Malzhorn Farm. 300 yards of the trench had been taken on the 16th, but to the right the attack faltered. and the battalion withdrew to the original line. Our snipers had a good day on the 17th and on the night of 17th/18th another attack was launched, the 2nd Suffolk making way for the Gordon Highlanders, two companies moving aside whilst two provided support. On 18th the Germans caused mayhem with a barrage of 5.9s on Cochrane Alley. The battalion hung on and were relieved that evening.They had 31 killed that day, only five have a known grave. The Bury Free Press of 26th August 1916 included him on a list of wounded.

His birth registration makes his real age as 25

Ralph Tweed is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme pier/face 1C/2A

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