Chatteris WW1 Soldier William Savage (17430), Chatteris Remembers Biography
Pte William Savage 1st Bn Suffolk Regiment (17430) Died : 08 May 1915 William Savage was the eldest son of Charles Savage from 30 Bridge Street, Chatteris. His mother and father were Charles and Annie Savage, he was one of 13 kids. His brother Edward Savage died during the war and another brother, Charles, was injured but survived. In 1911 his address was listed as Cox’s Lane, Bridge St and William was a farm labourer, as were all members of the family over 14 years of age. In 1901 William was listed in the census as Herbert W Savage. William was killed in action on May 8th 1915, he along with the rest of the 1st Suffolks, was engaged in the Battle of Frezenberg Ridge, near Ypres. The History of The Suffolk Regiment records the horrors experienced by the men; “The din was terrific. The enemy were sending over projectiles of every calibre and description. High explosive shells crashed in all directions” “amid the roar of battle vile yellow-green poison gas floated like a spectre through the British Lines and before it men reeled back, livid, choking and blinded.” The 1st Suffolks suffered over 400 casualties during this day alone, amongst them, William. William was initially reported as missing and not officially reported as dead until January 1917. William Savage has no known grave and is commemorated on The Menin Gate in Ypres. William Savage won 3 medals he won The Star campaign medal, The Victory medal and the British War Medal. Chatteris Remembers File Contains: • CWGC certificate • Soldiers Died Document • 1911 Census • Medal Card • Newspaper Report – Cambs Times, Jan 5th 1917, Cambs Times 11 Dec 1914 (description of borther Charles experience) • Photo of the William, Edward Savage and unknown soldier (?F. Papworth), photo William Savage, photo of name on Menin Gate Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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