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George Holt Tribe (1897-1918) - Pte 43694 Suffolk Regiment George   Tribe    was   the   eldest   of   the   three   surviving   children   of   Richard   Tribe   and   his   wife   Mary   (nee   Holt).      Richard   and   Mary   married   in Bedfordshire   and   then   moved   to   Sussex.   Richard   was   a   farmer   and   farmed   around   Pulborough   and   Billingshurst   before   moving   to   Nether Toat   on   Bashurst   Hill.   Sadly   Mary   died   young   and   left   Richard   with   three   teenage   children   to   bring   up   and   the   1911   census   has   Richard, George   and   youngest   sister   Dorothy   living   at   Morgans   Green   near   Billingshurst.   Their   other   sister   Nellie   is   staying   with   relatives   in Pulborough. George   enlisted   in   Bedford   for   the   Northamptonshire   Regiment   on   the   1 st    or   2 nd    April   1916   which   suggests   that   he   was   probably   staying with his mother’s family at this time. Northamptonshire   Regiment   experts   have   suggested   that   he   would   have   most   likely   only   trained   with   the   Northamptons   and   then transferred   to   the   2 nd    Suffolks   to   serve   overseas.      He   is   likely   to   have   been   posted   to   the   8 th    Reserve   Battalion   of   the   Northamptonshire Regiment at Sittingbourne then after four or five months training, fitness permitting, he would have been ready to be posted overseas. There   are   a   few   other   ex-Northamptonshire   Regiment   men   with   similar   numbers   listed   in   “Soldiers   Died   in   the   Great   War”,   the   first   of whom   died   at   Serre   on   13 th    November   1916.      The   suspicion   is   that   this   group   joined   the   2 nd    Suffolks   after   their   work   on   the   Somme between   14 th    and   20 th    August   1916   at   Maltz   Horn   Farm   and   before   the   above-mentioned   attack   on   Serre.      This   gives   a   likely   transfer date as August/September 1916 – possibly as part of the draft of 199 Other Ranks that joined the 2 nd  Suffolks on 20 th  August 1916. He   was   certainly   with   the   Suffolks   by   the   following   spring   as   he   was   awarded   the   Military   Medal   for   actions   with   the   2 nd    Battalion   at Arras   between   the   9 th    and   11 th    April   1917.   The   War   Diary   gives   no   specific   details   of   his   actions   but   it   does   record   that   he   was   presented with   the   medal   ribbon   by   the   GOC   (General   Officer   Commanding)   of   3 rd    Division   on   the   football   ground   at   Denier   (between   Arras   and Frevent) at 5.30pm on 21 st   May 1917. After   Arras   the   regiment   moved   north   to   Flanders   and   were   in   action   during   the   Battle   of   the   Menin   Road   and   Battle   of   Polygon   Wood during   the   Third   Battle   of   Ypres.   They   then   moved   south   again   and   were   in   action   at   the   Battle   of   Cambrai   and   by   early   1918   they   were in action on the Somme.    It   was   during   the   2 nd    Suffolks   action   near   Wancourt   that   George   lost   his   life.   The   War   Diary   for   the   21 st    to   29 th    March   1918   reports tremendous   shelling   and   rifle   fire   as   the   opposing   armies   fought   from   trench   to   trench,   trying   to   get   the   upper   hand.   A   summary   page reports some 428 men missing or wounded. George Holt Tribe was one of those killed in this action. He died on the 28 th  March and he is buried in Wancourt British Cemetery. He is remembered on the St Mary’s Church War Memorial in Bedford as well as on the Itchingfield War Memorial. For his service he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
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