No. 41713, Private, Robert Henry FALLICK
Aged 34

8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment
formerly 30877, Norfolk Regiment
also 144965, R.S.P.D. Army Service Corps
Killed in Action on Tuesday 31st July, 1917

Born in Aldingbourne, Sussex in Q2-1883 [Westhampnett 2b:407] son of Silas and Mary Rachel FALLICK (née FOOTE) of Aldingbourne, Sussex.

1891 census...At Sheet?, Aldingbourne, Sussex were Robert Henry[7], his father Silas [40] a baker born Aldingbourne..his mother Mary Rachel [35], born Bourton, Dorset..his brothers Alfred Amos [10], Percy Thomas [5] and William Sydney [2]. All the children were born in Aldingbourne

1901 census...At the Post Office, Aldingbourne, Chichester were Robert[17] baker, his father Silas [50] baker and post master,...his mother Mary R [45], ..brothers Alfred A [20] clerk in Post Office,..Percy T[15],baker, ...William J [12]...Frederick F [8] and sister Ellen M[5]. All the children were born in Aldingbourne.

Robert married Annie Lavinia HARMER [29-6-1883] at St Dunstan's, Stepney on 14th June 1908

Thier daughter Eira Maud was born on 13-3-1909 (Qtr 1 Droxfrd 2c:145)
1911 census...At Warnford, Bishops Waltham, Hants were Robert, his wife Annie Lavinia [29-6-1886] born Battersea, and their 5 month old son Percy Reginald [26-11-1910], born Warnford, plus 2 lodgers. The whereabouts of their 1st daughter has not been found( she did not die until 1976) Thier third child, Robert George was born 16-8-1912.

Robert enlisted at Halton, Hants and gave his residence as Exning, Suffolk. He is not on the illuminated scrolls in the church. Our Exning Heroes shows his wife and three children living in Chapel Yard Exning, but CWGC have them at Council Houses, Soulbury, Leighton Buzzard.

Enlisted Halton, Hampshire. The abbreviation R.S.P.D. is for Reserve Supply Personnel Depot, set up in 1917 at Aldershot. From his medal index card he was originally in the Norfolk Regiment

The pension card has his widow at La Grange Place, Exning, altered to Chapel Yard, Exning and then to Council Houses, Soulbury. Robert's entry in"Our Exning Heroes"reads as follows:

Fallick, R.H.    8th Lincolns
Robert Henry Fallick was born at Addingbourne, in Sussex, five miles from Chichester, and sang in the church choir as a boy, where his father has been Clerk for a great many years. He was married at St. Dunstan's Church, Stepney, on June 14th, 1908 and leaves a widow and three children, who are now living in Chapel Yard, Exning. He was a baker by trade, and played cricket in London for the Bakers against the Sweeps. He took a great interest in market gardening and poultry keeping.
Soon after the outbreak of war he joined the Army Service Corps as a baker, and was stationed for a time at the camp on the Brickfields. He was afterwards transferred to the Infantry, and went out to France on May 20th, 1917. His death came very shortly afterwards, on July 31st, being killed in action in an attack east of Wyschete, about three miles from Messines Ridge. He was shot through the heart by a sniper, and killed instantaneously. A corporal writes to his widow:
"Your husband has always behaved in a very gallant manner, and it was with great sorrow that I heard of his death".
The Chaplain also states: "He was spoken of by his N.C.O.s as a very good soldier, one who would shirk nothing, cool and reliable in danger."

Three Exning men died on the first day of the 3rd Battle of Ypres (now known generally as Passchendale). This offensive cost the British 310,000 casualties. Imagine advancing to fight through a field of mud, then add in the fact that in the ten days leading up to the attack, 4.25 million shells were fired by our artillery alone. The 8th battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment were involved in the attack on Rifle Farm, and lost 7 Officers and 170 other ranks

The two other Exning men lost that day were Bert Finch and William Scott

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No Known Grave
Robert is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ipres, Belgium Ref: panel 21

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