Horace Cousins 16274,
Private 11th Suffolks Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Gordon Dump Cemetery, Somme
Horace was the younger of three sons of James and Naomi. He was born in Hilgay in Norfolk in 1898 In 1901 the family was living in Haddenham and by the time Horace was 13 the family had moved to Burrowmoor Road, March where Horace was already employed as a farm labourer. Horace joined the 11th Suffolks at the end of 1914 when he was only 16 years of age. He was still underage when he died on the first day of the Somme Battle. Unlike most of the other casualties of the battalion Horace has a marked grave. He was originally buried to the place where the battalion attacked from and his body was later exhumed and was buried at the top end of Sausage Valley in Gordon Dump Cemetery. His original place of burial was in square 20 on the 1916 Ovillers Trench Map. At first the family in March were informed that Horace had been wounded but a subsequent letter was published in the Cambridgeshire Times. This was from his officer,Second Lieutenant Andrew Wright, confirming that Horace was now missing- believed killed.