STUDD, James William

No.12136, Lance Sergeant, James STUDD
Aged 29

4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards
Died of his Wounds on Sunday, 24th September 1916

An Old Contemptible

James William Studd was born on 13th July in Little Whelnetham (Thingoe Q3-1887 4A:672), baptised in St Mary Magdalene, Whelnetham on 6th May 1889, son of George and Mary Ann STUDD (née MOORE).

1891 census...Aged 3, he was at Iron Park Gates Police Station, Little Whelnetham with his father George STUDD [28] police constable born Barham; his mother Mary Ann [28] born Little Stonham; brother Charles [7] born Gt Whelnetham and Frederick [2] born Little Whelnetham.

1901 census...Aged 13, a labourer, he was at Betterhaugh Green, Elmswell with his mother Mary Ann STUDD [38] born Little Stonham; brothers Frederick [11] and Gaston [9] both born in Whelnetham and Herbert [7] born Weston Market; sister Clara [2] born Elmswell. His father, George STUDD [38] a police constable born Barham was at the Police Station, Lisburn Road, Newmarket.

1911 census...Aged 23 he was in the Grenadier Guards at Marlborough Lines, Aldershot. At The Street, Stanton were his parents; brothers Frederick and Gaston (farm labourers) and sister Clara May

CWGC have the address as Glebe Cottage, Flempton, but policemen tended to be moved around frequently so it could be that his parents, at least, were in Livermere at some time. In fact the pension card has his father at the Police tation Great Livermere, then moving to Glebe Cottage, Flempton

His younger brother Gaston died when the HMT "Royal Edward" was torpedoed in the Mediterranean in 1915. see here

He enlisted in Bury St Edmunds in the Suffolk Militia RGA on 13th January 1905, giving his age as 18years 5 months. he was a labourer for J.Robinson, Hadleigh. Born in Bury St Edmunds (sic)and living in Elmswell (father George a police constable). He was 5 feet 7.5 inches tall, weighed 1124 lbs, chest 32.5" to 34.5", brown eyes, and hair, Church of England. Hi Army service records stop when he joined the regular Army, the Grenadier Guards, on 22nd March 1905.

He died at No 36 Casualty Clearing Station. Dying of his wounds and no Army service records available it is impossible to say exactly where or when he was wounded..

P.C. Studd and Mrs. Studd have received the sad news that their second son, James Studd, has been killed in France. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents and members of the family. This is the second son of theirs who has lost his life during the war, as our readers may remember that Gaston Studd went down on the "£Royal Edward".Another son, Charles, is still in the fighting line in France, and this week it is expected that yet another son, Fred Studd, will cross over to France.

photo: Rodney Gibson

James Studd is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, grave 4:H:9

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