RAMPLEY, Herbert Victor

No.24821, Private, Herbert Victor RAMPLEY
Aged 29

7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action presumed on Saturday, 28th April 1917

Herbert Victor Rampley was born on 1888 in Barnham (Thetford Q3-1888 4B:375), son of Joseph and Mary RAMPLEY (née RICE).

1891 census...Aged 2, he was at Folly Farm, Croxton Road, Thetford st Peter with his father Joseph RAMPLEY [26]shepherd born Thetford; his mother Mary [26] born Mildenhall and sister Agnes [4] born Barnham.

1901 census...Aged 12, he was at Undley, Lakenheath with his parents, brother Sidney E [8] and sister Gracie [5] both born in Thetford.

1911 census...Aged 22, a farm labourer, he was at Euston Road, Barnham with his parents, brother Sidney (farm labourer) and sister Gracie.

He married Rachel C. COCKSEDGE (Thetford Q2-1916 4B:719), later of 15 Bedford Street, Ipswich

His younger brother Sidney died in France in 1917. Both brothers served in the 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. see here

He enlisted in Bury St Edmunds.
The battalion war diary says:-
"28th - Brigade attacked lines in front of PELVES, Norfolks right, Berks left, Suffolks to pass through the Berks and capture far objective.
Zero was at 4:25 am. Battn left SUNKEN ROAD just behind front line at 4:45 am in artillery formation. Heavy barrage and M.G. fire and attack failed, unable to advance much beyond BAYONET and RIFLE TRENCH."

Firing from Roeux was devastating and all the officers except the colonel and adjutant were either killed or wounded. CWGC records 94 killed, only 8 with known graves

The International Red Cross records for WW1 prisoners of war reveals that enquiries had been made as the Herbert, but nothing was known

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Herbert Rampley is commemorated on the Arras memorial, bay 4

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