In the days following the 7th Battalions actions at Loos, the enormity of the loss of senior officers was being deeply apparent.
Of all those lost, two stood out. Captain Charles Augustus Cobbold, heir to the legendary brewing company, and Major Vere Fortrey Currey.
A native of Saxmundham, Cobbold was educated at Cheltenham College and a pre-war director of the brewing magnates Ind, Coope and Co. He had travelled extensively pre-war and had already had many years service with the 3rd (Militia) Battalion of The Lincolnshire Regiment. A contemporary of Captain Packard of 9th Suffolk, he applied in September 1914 for a commission and was granted it in the 7th (Service) Battalion, being posted to them in their early days at Shorncliffe. When they crossed to France the following year, he was in command of 'A' Company. His widow quickly remarried in 1916 and was subsequently disallowed from taking possession of his medals when they were granted in 1920.
Welcome to our online 'blog' charting the history of the many Battalions of the Suffolk Regiment and the part they played in the Great War.
Starting back in March 2014, we have recorded the events of 100 years ago on the centenary of their happening.
Keep checking back to see how the Great War is progressing for the men of the Suffolk Regiment.