Thomas Frank Suttle.

. Second Lieutenant Thomas Frank Suttle was the son of Robert Archibald Suttle, gentleman.  He was born circa 1895. In 1925 he was a Builders Clerk Fells Builders and he married Lilly Maria Pashby on 25th  May 1918 at St. Oswald's, Filey. Children = Geoffrey Barfield  Suttle born 1920 at 4 the Avenue Filey & Peter Gerald Suttle born 1925 at 27 Scarborough Rd. Filey, Yorkshire.

He was gazetted as a second lieutenant 26 April 1917.   As an officer Thomas was attached to the Cambridgeshire Regiment.

Many thanks for contact from Jane Bell on this man who indicated that her father, Peter Suttle, was born. Jane is the grand daughter of Thomas.

This photograph is of Thomas Frank Suttle in uniform taken at Filey in 1919, with the distinctive H. C. B. cap badge.

at the time the photo was taken he would have been about 24 years old. One would guess it was taken by Lilly.

2nd Lieutenant THOMAS  FRANK SUTTLE (1895-1980)      BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Frank Suttle was born at 33 Ashby Street Norwich in September 1895. He was the son of Robert Archibald Suttle and Maria Elizabeth Suttle (nee Barfield). He came from a large family. His father was the Warehouse Foreman for Colemanís Mustard in Norwich.

Thomas Frank was in the 1/1st. Battalion Huntingdonshire Cycle Battalion. He would have been stationed at Filey where he met my grandmother Lilly Maria Pashby. I remember her very well, and I attended her funeral at Ormskirk in Lancashire in 1968.

Following the marriage to Lilly in Filey on 25th May 1918 there were in fact 4 children of the marriage.  The first was my mother Molly Kathleen May Suttle born 15th December 1918 (died 21st April 2004). Geoffrey and Peter and there was a further daughter Julie Elizabeth born in 1936. Julie is still alive at 77 but very unwell following a stroke. She is in the Ormskirk area of Lancashire.

Ian was born on the 11th June 1943 and is now 70. I remember meeting my uncle Geoffrey and his wife Ann on about 3 or 4 occasions during the 1950ís. He worked for Unilever mainly in Nigeria and visited family members on his trips home. I also remember  my uncle Peter as young man in 1950/51. I last saw him at my grandmother Lillyís funeral at Ormskirk in 1968. Jane Bell is a cousin I did not know I had.

Service in France

I have consulted the Regimental diary for the 1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment at the National Archives at Kew. It shows that Thomas Frank Suttle arrived in France on the 14th October 1918 at Raches. He was shunted around various towns (Le Hennoy, Beuvry, St. Amand, Odomez) ending up at Hergnies on Armistice Day. He remained there until 1st December when he was moved to Somain. He remained there until  4th March 1919 when he was transferred to 233 Prisoner of War Company, one of the numerous companies in charge of the huge numbers of German prisoners.

Afterwards

My mother told me that he was late being demobilised. The Medal Records at Kew show that it was only in April 1920 that he applied for his medals. She also told me that he put his time at the 233 Company to good use by learning German.

Unfortunately his marriage to Lilly ended in divorce. He later remarried, returned to Norfolk and as far as I can gather went into business as a milk rounds man. He died on the 15th June 1980. He is buried in the church yard of St Nicholas Church in the village of Potter Heigham in Norfolk. His second wife died in 1996 and is buried with him. I recently visited the grave and it is well cared for.

The above details were kindly provided by his Grandson, Ian Davies, with permission to publish, for which many thanks is expressed.

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17/11/2013

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