MALLETT, Donald Benjamin

No.24061, Private, Donald MALLETT
Aged 22

7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Monday, 12th March 1917

Donald Benjamin Mallett was born in Grundisburgh in 1895 (Woodbridge Q1-1895 4A:956), son of Harry and Ada MALLETT (née PARKER).

1901 census...Aged 5, he was at The Public House, Main Street, Grundisburgh with his father Harry MALLETT [41] publican; his mother Ada [39] sisters Elizabeth [17] and Dorothy [1], brothers John [15] a bricklayer's labourer and Bertie [6] and uncle James PARKER [50] bricklayer. All were born in Grundisburgh

1911 census...Aged 15, a gardener, he was at the Fox Inn, Ousden, with his parents, brother Jack (John) a farm labourer and sisters Dorothy and Naomi [8] born Grundisburgh.

He enlisted in Wickhambrook.
The 7th Suffolks moved to Arras on March 2nd and into the line on the 9th, where they seem to have enjoyed a quiet time. Donald was one of only 2 men killed that day.

photo: Rodney Gibson

photo:Rodney Gibson

Donald Mallett is buried in Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, grave 3:F:5

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