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Private Percy Bareham


14299  9th Battalion Suffolk Regiment.


Percy Bareham was born in Great Cornard around 1885.  He was the son of Bowers and Mary Bareham.  The family lived in Boundary Cottage, Newton Road, Great Cornard.  His father was employed as a general labourer.


Prior to enlisting Percy was employed as a bricklayer; he enlisted in Sudbury and served like his older brother Arthur with the Suffolk Regiment.  He is recorded as having first served in ‘a theatre of war’ in France on 31st August 1915.  Less than a month later he lost his life.


The 9th Battalion was attached to 71st Brigade, part of 24th Division.  The 24th Division was landed in France between 28th August and 4th September 1915.  Having only been in France for a few days the men had to endure lengthy night marches often in the rain as the battalion was brought into reserve for the British assault at Loos (25th September – 13th October).  It was sent into action on the 26th September, by the evening the battalion had suffered 135 casualties.  The 24th Division suffered more than 3,900 casualties.


Percy was killed in action on 26th September 1915.  He lies buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Belgium.   After the war many burials from other battlefields and small cemeteries in the vicinity were brought in to Railway Dugouts Burial Ground.  Less than two years later his brother Arthur also lost his life in Belgium.


Percy was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


©Shirley Smith - Sudbury & District Royal British Legion - November 2008