On the 12th May 1915, just four days after the 1st battalion's ferocious battle on the Frezenberg Ridge, Lance Corporal Ernest Chisnell was in hospital in Lincoln recovering from wounds he received at Frezenberg.
"I am going on pretty well" read his letter to his mother on the 12th May, "I have a wound or two - one in my right thigh and left foot and a small on in my left hand. I am rather lucky to get home so quickly as I was only hit on Wednesday near Ypres, and was home on Friday night and comfortable in hospital on Saturday morning"
Chisnell's withdrawal from the battlefield was a testament to the efficiency of the British casualty clearing methods of the day. Lessons learned in South Africa during the Boer War, of getting men away quickly had been put to good use in France and Flanders. Chisnell would recover from these wounds and rejoin the Suffolk Regiment later in 1915. He would not however rejoin his old Battalion for by then, they were proceeding overseas...
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.
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