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Second Lieutenant Harry Akers Row, 4th Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment

March 11, 2020

 

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Second Lieutenant Harry Akers Row, 4th Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment, was killed in action during the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.

One of seven children of a well-to-do corn and seed merchant, he was educated at Ipswich School, then worked in his father’s business.

Second Lieutenant Row volunteered for foreign service at the outbreak of the Great War, having been gazetted into his regiment in May of 1913. He arrived In France on the 8th of November in 1914.

On the day of his death he was leading his men through what was described as murderous fire at Neuve Chapelle, when he was shot through the head. Colonel H.W. Cruddas wrote to his parents, assuring them that their son’s death was instantaneous as he had been present that day, and praised him as a valuable officer and a good friend.

Second Lieutenant Row lies buried in the Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery at La Gorgue in France. He is remembered on the war memorial at Saxmundham, Suffolk, the Packard memorial at St. Mary the Virgin church in Bramford, Suffolk, the Ipswich School war memorial, and on a brass plaque given to the St. John the Baptist Church in Saxmundham by his parents.

Harry, from Saxmundham, was 29 years old.

 

 

 

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