George Holt Tribe (1897-1918) - Pte 43694 Suffolk RegimentGeorge Tribewas 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 1stor 2ndApril 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 2ndSuffolks to serve overseas. He is likely to have been posted to the 8thReserve 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 13thNovember 1916. The suspicion is that this group joined the 2ndSuffolks after their work on the Somme between 14thand 20thAugust 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 2nd Suffolks on 20th August 1916.He was certainly with the Suffolks by the following spring as he was awarded the Military Medal for actions with the 2ndBattalion at Arras between the 9thand 11thApril 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 3rdDivision on the football ground at Denier (between Arras and Frevent) at 5.30pm on 21st 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 2ndSuffolks action near Wancourt that George lost his life. The War Diary for the 21stto 29thMarch 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 28th 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.