Chatteris WW1 Soldier Edward Savage 26350. Chatteris Remembers Biography
Private Edward Savage 26350 9th Bn Norfolk Regiment Died 01 May 1917 Edward Savage was born in September 1893 in Chatteris. In 1911 he in Cox’s Lane with his parents Charles and Annie and his 12 siblings. His older brother William also died in the Great War and his brother Charles was discharged from the army due to his injuries. Edward was a Farm Labourer as were his father and all his siblings of working age. Edward enlisted in Wisbech and joined the 9th Bn Norfolk Regiment. He was killed instantly on 1st May 1917. The diary for the Battalion for April 31st 1917 states that “the Battalion was on the offensive front opposite Hill 70. The trenches were dry, but wide and greatly battered. In the front line there was little or no protection from shellfire. All the trenches had been accurately registered by the German artillery. Much sniping too was done by the German field guns. The most tragic incident of the tour occurred on the last morning (31st April), when the garrison of a trench on the right flank was almost annihilated. Between 11am and noon, the Germans methodically bombarded the dug-outs with 8-inch armour piercing shells and lighter guns. The dug-outs were blown in.” Edward has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial. Project File contains: • CWGC certificate • 1911 census • Soldiers Died • Attestation Form (illegible) • Cambs Times June 1st 1917 • Photos of Loos Memorial
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