In early March, a German field gun was delivered to the Christchurch Art Gallery in Ipswich. It was one of several pieces that had been captured by units of the Suffolk Regiment in the actions of the previous month.
This particular gun, was believed to have been captured in the area of Boom Ravine; ground over which 8th Suffolk tough gallantly on the 17th February 1917. It was probably one of many enemy artillery pieces that were hastily abandoned by the retreating Germans as they fell back to the Hindenburg Line in early 1917.
Most grateful villages and towns who had contributed greatly to the war effort in men and materiel, were rewarded such items to do with as they wished and to inspire other to contribute to the cause. The fate of this piece is unknown, but it is highly likely that it was melted down for scrap at a later date, perhaps in a later war?
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.