No.50512, Gunner, David JAGGARD
Aged 22

116 Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
Died of Illness on Monday 7th May 1917

Born in Little Ditton, Woodditton in Q1-1895 [Newmarket 3b:531], baptized in Woodditton on 14th April 1895, 4th son of Charles and Thurza JAGGARD (née DEAN).

1901 census...Aged 6 he was in Ditton Green with his grandfather Edward DEAN [73] farm labourer, his father Charles JAGGARD [36], a bricklayer born in Dullingham; his mother Thurza [34] and brothers Ernest William [13]; Percy Charles [11]; Harry Edward [9]; Arthur [3] and Robert [1] all Woodditton born.

1911 census...Aged 16, a farm labourer, he was at School Cottages, Woodditton with his parents; brothers Percy (miller's carter); Harry (farm labourer); Arthur and Robert. In addition there were 3 sisters, Violet Eliza [9]; Mabel Winifred [7]; and Elsie Sarah [2] all Woodditton born. One child had died.

He married Alice Catherine PERREN (b.6-11-1895) in Newmarket Registry Office on November 9th 1914, two days before joining the Army. Their address was 1 Green Road, Newmarket. There was a daughter, Vera Lillie PERREN ( born 18th April 1914) and a son Ronald (born 30-9-1916) His wife remarried (to Albert GILBERT on 2-3-1918) and lived at Vine Terrace, Stetchworth. She received David's medals in 1921

He was a policeman before he enlisted in Newmarket on 11 November 1914. He gave his age as 19 yrs 9 months, and was 5' 10" (177.8 cm)tall, weighed 143 lbs (64.9 kg) and had a chest expansion of over 3 inches (7.5 cm)

He went to France on 1st July 1915 and was sent to 116 Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery on 24th July. He had 7 days leave at home on 6th January 1916.
Reported sick on 18th January 1917 with pains in side and back, and at 38 CCS (Heilly Station, between Amiens and Albert) they diagnosed piles, as did No 11 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, on 22nd, but at 25 Stationary Hospital (Rouen) on 30th January this became Enteritis Fever. He was sent to No 9 General Hospital, Rouen, on 14th February where the diagnosis became Peritonitis.
Evacuated back to UK he was sent to No 3 London Military Hospital Wandsworth. There he was reported as very seriously ill with collapsed lung on 3rd May and died on 7th May. Much of his Army records are too damaged to read. It had been recorded locally that he had been gassed, which may fit some of the medical records

He was given a military funeral in Woodditton, but somehow the exact whereabouts of his grave was not recorded. That being so he is commemorated on the Brookwood ( United Kingdom 1914-18) Memorial which was only created in 2004.
The Woodditton Parish Burial register shows that David was buried at St Mary's Church, Woodditton on 12 May 1917. It now remains to be seen if the exact plot can be located. There is every chance a headstone engraved with the words "known to be buried in this cemetery" will be installed in the churchyard somewhere. CWGC policy is to only commemorate a person in one place and they have now demolished the original Memorial at Brookwood as so many on it have now been located, and have built a new Memorial containing only the names of those who have not been located.

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photo courtesy Tony White

The record of exactly where David was buried has been lost, hence the inscription"known to be buried in this churchyard"
David was commemorated on the original Brookwood (United Kingdom 1914-1918) Memorial, now replaced
also on the Newmarket War Memorial
and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in St Marys Church, Newmarket

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