FOREMAN, James Herbert

No.18573, Private, Herbert James FOREMAN
Aged 20

7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on 15th March 1917

James Herbert Foreman was born in The Street, Pakenham on 20th October 1896 (4th qtr 1896 Thingoe 4a:814), son of James John and Eva FOREMAN (née CLAXTON).
He was baptised in St.Mary's Pakenham on 3rd June 1897. As his father was James, this may be why he became Herbert

1901 census...Aged 4, James was at The Street, Pakenham with his father James J FOREMAN [33] farm labourer; his mother Eva [25] born Flempton; brother Walter C [5]. All except his mother were born in Pakenham. The brothers ages are reversed in the census.

1911 census...Aged 14, now Herbert, a houseboy on farm, he was still at The Street, Pakenham with his parents; brothers Walter (farm labourer) and Alfred [9]; sister Rose Dora [10 months].

On the pension card his mother was at The Street, Pakenham.

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds
The 7th Suffolks, according to Lt.Col. Murphy's "History of the Suffolk Regiment", were around Arras and on the 15th the enemy carried out a raid on the unit to their left, but the 7th Suffolks suffered casualties from the opening bombardment.
The war diary has :-
Very quiet early morning. About 5:10 a hostile raiding party came over, heavy barrage of 77mm shells on right by INDIA LANE; they got into our trench on extreme right. caught 1 Lewis gun post. The battalion of 8th E.Yorks Regt on left badly handled, reached their support line and bombed dug outs. Raiders returned; our casualties 13 wounded, 5 killed, 3 missing, most of the casualties due to barrage.

photo CWGC

Herbert Foreman is buried in Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras 2:G:25.

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