No.43949, Private, Francis GREENACRE
Aged 19

9th Battalion,Suffolk Regiment
formerly No.4569, 4th Bn., Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Tuesday, 17th October 1916

Francis Greenacre was born in 1897 (Mildenhall Q2-1897 4A:811) son of Thomas and Nellie GREENACRE (née BAKER).

1901 census...Aged 3, he was at Kenny Hill Road, Mildenhall with his father Thomas GREENACRE [34] farm labourer; his mother Nellie [30] ;sister Florence E. [12]; brothers John Edward [10] and Charles [7]. All were born in Mildenhall.

1911 census...Aged 13, cow hand on farm, he was at Cow Grounds, Kenny Hill with his parents; brothers John and Charles (both farm labourers).

There is scope for confusion here with Francis John Greenacre, son of Barnabas and Hannah, and served in the 2nd Suffolks

Francis enlisted in Mildenhall .
The Battalion were near Geudecourt, the War Diary says:-
16th October - Took over support trenches from 1st Leicester
17th October - Took over trenches from 2nd Sherwood Foresters distribution as shown on attached map[not available]. O.R. 2 killed 7 wounded.
Major R H RADFORD 3rd Bn Leicester Regt attached for instructor to this battalion.

Both men killed are named on the Thiepval memorial.

The Bury Free Press of 2nd December 1916 reported:-

News has been received by Mr. Thos.Greenacre of Kenny Hill, Mildenhall to the effect that his son, Prvt Francis Greenacre was killed in action upon a recent date. The deceased soldier was well known in and around Kenny Hill, where much sympathy is felt for the bereaved friends. Prvt Greenacre's regiment was the 3/5th Suffolks.

In the same issue of the Bury Free Press was:-

The sad intelligence has been received, first from a comrade, and now officially, that Prvt Francis Greenacre, 9th Suffolk Regiment, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Greenacre, Kenny Hill Road, was killed in action by a shell on October 17th. He had only been in France about six weeks. He was 19 years of age.Much sympathy is felt for his bereaved parents. A memorial service has been held at the Kenny Hill District Church

Francis Greenacre is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, pier and face 1C/2A
and also on the war memorials in Mildenhall. .

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