Chatteris WW1 Soldier Arthur Beeby 17674. Chatteris Remembers Biography
Lance Corporal Arthur Albert Beeby 17674, 7th Bn Suffolk Regiment Died on March 27th 1918 Arthur Beeby was born about 1893 in Ramsey. In 1911 Arthur was a farm labourer living at “The Rain”, Swingbrow. By 1918 his parents were living on Wenny Road in Chatteris. Arthur enlisted in Chatteris in January 1915, joining the Suffolk Regiment. He served in Egypt and Salonika and was invalided home with malaria. He went out to France on December 16th 1917. Arthur died by being hit by machine gun bullets whilst going up to the front line on 27th March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive. On March 26-28th the 7th Suffolks were involved in fierce fighting near Albert railway station. The battalion diary said that they “had their backs to the wall, striving without artillery support, without bombs, without rifle grenades, or trench mortars and with scarcely any shovels to stem the onrush of overwhelming numbers”. The enemy approached in waves and captured their position. The Suffolks withdrew about 300 yds and tried to retake the position but their attempts failed as they had no ammunition other than rifles against an army of Germans. There were 256 casualties with one platoon being reduced to just 3 men. In addition battalion runners were attacked by German spies in plain clothes who wandered around the town of Albert, some disguised as British Officers. Arthur has no known grave and is commemorated on Pozieres Memorial. Project File contains: • CWGC certificate • 1911 Census • Soldiers Died • Extract from Battalion Diary • Photo of name on memorial • Photo from Cambs Times Apr 26th 1918
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