Dring Gadsby. Pte 18636 11th Bn Suffolk Regiment. Died June 21st 1916. From Chatteris

Gadsby Dring

Private 18636, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment

Died June 21st 1916

Gadsby was born in 1897, the fourth child of Charles and Emma Jane.  Charles was a farm labourer in 1911 at which time Gadsby was working in a mat factory.  Gadsby joined the 11th Suffolk's, the Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely "Pals" battalion in March/April 1915, he has consecutive army numbers with Robert Hall from Chatteris.  They moved from Cambridge to Yorkshire in May, then to Salisbury Plain in August.  They were posted to France in 8th January 1916, entering the trenches soon after near Armentiers.  The battalion was posted to the Somme in readiness for the "Big Push" and it was a week or so before the start of the battle that Gadsby was killed in trenches in Becordel Wood.

His Captain wrote to his parents:

"I was standing talking to your son when the shell came.  He died almost at once.  I was present at his burial.  All who knew him in the company are most sorry to lose him."

Gadsby is buried in the beautiful Becourt Military Cemetery, very close to where he died.