No.17870, Private, Edward TWITCHETT
Aged 24

9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on/since 13th September 1916

Edward Twitchett was born in Pakenham on 2nd August 1891 (3rd qtr 1891 Thingoe 4a:738), son of Edward and Eliza TWITCHETT(née SIMPSON). Baptised at St.Mary's, Pakenham on 7th July 1893.

1901 census...Aged 9, he was at Grimstone End, Pakenham with his father Edward TWITCHETT [44] farm labourer; his mother Eliza J [42]; sister Kate [11]; brothers Roger W [7], Arthur V [3] and George L [2]. All were born in Pakenham.

1911 census...Aged 19, a farm labourer, he was still at Grimstone End with his parents; sister Kate; brothers Roger William (farm labourer), Arthur Victor, George Leonard and Frederick Ernest [9]. .

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

His uncle Frederick Simpson was killed in 1917 in Belgium see here.

He enlisted in Bury St. Edmunds. Reported in Bury Free Press of 28th October 1916 as missing.
The battalion was in Guillemont area. War Diary :-
"13th September..Battn ordered to attack enemy trenches. B C and D Coys attacked at 6:20 am. 1st two lines of enemy's trenches captured but owing to heavy casualties from artillery and M G fire the situation could not be cleared up. At 7:30pm A Coy were ordered to attack the QUADRILATERAL but failed to reach their objective owing to heavy MG fire. A new trench was dug by the Battn which enabled them to get in touch with the 2nd Sherwoods on the left and 8th Bedfords on the right. It also cleared the situation. During the attack the Battn behaved splendidly and it is regretted the casualties were so heavy. 2 officers killed, 7 wounded, OR 15 killed 185 wounded."

Found here and re-interred after the Armistice in Guillemont Road Cemetery.

photo CWGC

Edward Twitchett is buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery, France 9:C:3

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