FENN, Richard

33185, Private, Richard FENN
Aged 28

10th Battalion, Princess of Wales' Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
formerly No.2039, 4th Northumberland Fusiliers
Killed in Action on Thursday, 21st September 1916

Richard Fenn was born in 1897 (Mildenhall Q1-1897 4A:843) son of William and Ellen FENN (née SMITH).

1901 census...Aged 4, he was at Holmsey Green, Mildenhall with his father William FENN [30] farm labourer born London; his mother Ellen [31] born Mildenhall; brothers Albert E [8] born Isleham and Arthur W [1] born Mildenhall; sisters Minnie [10] and Florence [6] both born in Isleham.

1911 census...Aged 15, a farm labourer, he was at Holmsey Green, Beck Row, Mildenhall with his parents, brothers Arthur W and John [3]; sisters Daisy [10], Ethel [8] and Doris [4]. All the new siblings were born in Mildenhall.

The pension card has his mother at 55 Holmsey Green, Beck Rown but after her death his father seems to have moved to Bury St. Edmunds

He was the brother of Bertie FENN on the Beck Row memorial see here

Richard enlisted in Mildenhall.
The war diary, after complaining about our own heavy artillery dropping "shorts" on our trenches every day, causing casualties, went on for the 21st to say :-
Front line - A quiet night compared with others. 14 N.F. dug a trench from N.32.d.7.3. to N.32.a.central which we patrolled a tonight, the enemy shelling on our front line very heavy.

CWGC records 4 of the 10th Yorkshire killed.

approx position of trench mentioned above

photo: Rodney Gibson

Richard Fenn in buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, grave 4:E:70
and commemorated on the war memorial in Mildenhall

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details