Chatteris WW1 Soldier L/Cpl Stanley Bush (3/9328). Chatteris Remembers Biography
Stanley Bush Lance Corporal, 3/9328, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment Died July 3rd 1916 Stanley was born in 1889 in Chatteris, the fifth child of James and Elizabeth. In 1901 the family was living in Park Street, where James was a master gardener and greengrocer. Stanley was already working at 12 years of age as a grocer’s errand boy, presumably in the family business. In 1911 Stanley was working as a ”servant”, described as ”boots”, at the White Hart Hotel in March. Charles joined the 9th Suffolk’s, one of the Suffolk Service battalions, on the 10th October 1914. He was invalided home early in the war with enteric fever and was married at Christmas 1915. By July 1916 Stanley was back at the front and had been transferred to the 7th Suffolks. The battalion was posted to the Somme in readiness for the ”Big Push” but didn’t take part in the mass slaughter of 1st July. They were however to go into action at Ovillers on 3rd July. The official history records the following: ”On July 3rd the battalion, under the command of Major J.H.Henty, took part in the frontal attack on Ovillers….The battalion assaulted in eight successive waves, the leading ones starting ten minutes before zero hour, which had been fixed for 3:15 a.m. The first four waves penetrated as far as the enemy’s third line, portions of them getting into the village itself: but owing to the darkness the succeeding waves lost touch, enabling the Germans to surge in and cut them off. At the thrid line of resistance, after very sever fighting, the attack was brought to a standstill, the battalion losing heavily. All the company commanders were killed.. the casualties amounting to 470 of all ranks… Thus, at the Battle of Albert, was this fine battalion almost destroyed.” Stanley was reported missing in August 1916 Stanley’s body was not found and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, along with many of his comrades. File contains: • CWWG Certificate • Census returns from 1911 • ”Soldiers Died” entry • Medal Roll • Article from Cambridgeshire Times, 21st June 1917 • Name on Thiepval Memorial
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