On the morning of 17th June 1915, the 2nd Battalion in their newly gained positions in 'Y' wood, came under heavy enemy artillery fire.
The morning before had seen them advance some 300 yards from their start positions alongside "Cambridge Road" and move into 'Y' wood close to the German front line.
The storm of shrapnel caused the wounding of 20 men - more than had been invalided during the major attack the previous day.
One of those injured was Lieutenant H.C.N. Trollope who was wounded by shrapnel in the arm and the foot. The CSM of A Company; CSM Barker - who was standing beside him, was killed.
No. 7722 James Barker joined the Suffolk Regiment in 1908. A native of Rattlesden near Stowmarket, his family owned a sizeable dairy farm in the village. Aged just 22 when he died, he had risen high through the ranks since arriving in France in February as a Corporal.
Hugh Charles Napier Trollope was born in 1895. Educated at Rugby and Sandhurst, he was a professional soldier. He was commissioned into 2nd Suffolk at the outbreak of war, but did not arrive in time to proceed overseas with them. Promoted temporary Lieutenant in September 1915, he was promoted temporary Captain after he returned to the Battalion after recovering from the wounds he received at 'Y' wood (later known as the battle of Bellewarde). He would stay with the Battalion for many more years to come.
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Starting back in March 2014, we have recorded the events of 100 years ago on the centenary of their happening.
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