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In memory of

David Matthews

Private 16602. 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment

Died: Saturday 1st July 1916 (First day of the Battle of the Somme), aged 24

[Wimpole]


Lest We Forget



"Of the 750 Cambridgeshire men of the 11th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment who climbed out of their trenches at 7.30am on that 1st July, no less than 691 were killed or wounded on that awful day...."
"Out of the 110,000 British soldiers approaching through No Manís Land towards the German trenches, some 60,000 were killed or wounded that day alone - the single heaviest day of casualties in British military history."

Born: Orwell, Cambridgeshire.
Enlisted: Cambridge (Sept-Nov 1914).
Died: Saturday 1st July 1916 (First day of the Battle of the Somme), aged 24.
How died: Killed in Action.
Theatre of War: France and Flanders.

1911 Census:
Family living at Valley Farm, Wimpole.
William
MATTHEWS
Head
M
52
Horsekeeper
on Farm
Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Ann
MATTHEWS
Wife
M
51
- Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire
William John
MATTHEWS
Son
S
21
Farm Labourer Orwell,
Cambridgeshire
David
MATTHEWS
Son
S
19
Farm Labourer Orwell,
Cambridgeshire
Walter Chas
MATTHEWS
Son
S
17
Farm Labourer Orwell,
Cambridgeshire

Military Background:

"11 Suffolk remained at Cambridge until 19th May 1915. It's strength was 47 officers and 1404 other ranks. The Cambs Suffolks joined 101 Brigade of 34 Division and crossed to France on 7/8 January 1916. It fought in the trenches in 111 Corps Sector (Armentieres) in February 1916 moving down to the Somme in May 1916."

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Grave IX.Q.2 - Private D Matthews
(photograph by Nicky Stockman)

Cemetery: Gordon Dump Cemetery, Oillers-La Boisselle, Somme, France (below)

The great majority of the soldiers buried in this cemetery were killed during July 1916 during the battle for the villages of La Boisselle (captured on the 3rd July) and Ovillers (captured on the 17 July). The cemetery commemorates over 1500 war casualties, although over half are unidentified.

Frank Skinner of Wimpole is also buried in this cemetery.





See also: the 11th Battalion Resource site and the related list of the
Soldiers Killed on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme.


The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial photographed in 2011

The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial pictured in 2011
© Photographed by Lorraine and Keith Bowdler

The servicemen and women are listed under the Parishes of Arrington or Wimpole
as shown on the Cambridgeshire County War Memorial in Ely Cathedral.

Researched by Steve Odell.
The War Memorial Project would welcome any further information, photographs or memories of
David Matthews for this page.
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