7th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers
( Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 4th Royal Dublin Fusiliers)
Charles Tippet was born in 1863 in Maltby, Yorkshire, the son of Henry Vivian and Charlotte Tippet (née Seal). His father was a land agent. At the age of 18 Charles was boarding in Skegness in Lincolnshire employed as a surveyor’s articled clerk. He married Edith Alice Goodson in Grantham in 1886 and by 1891 the family had moved to Wales to St. Woollos, Newport, where like his father he was a land agent and surveyor.
Charles, Edith, and their three children came to live in North House on the Croft, Sudbury, which is now a dentist’s surgery. Charles served in the Boer War. In civilian life he was involved in Suffolk’s politics. He drafted the rules governing the Suffolk division of Conservative Associations and was its first secretary. He was also the political agent for Sir Cuthbert Quilter, Sudbury’s M.P. Charles was a founder and the first captain of Newton Green Golf Club in 1907.
He was a close friend of Harwood Clover and the Clover family. His daughter Marjorie married John Manning Clover of Dedham Hall, who was related to the Sudbury Clovers. His son Herbert Charles Coningsby joined his father’s regiment; serving with 4th Battalion. He survived the war, winning the Military Cross.
On the 2 September 1914 an article appeared in the Suffolk and Essex Free Press, ‘Major and Hon. Lt. Colonel C. H. Tippet, of the Croft, late 4th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who offered his services at the disposal of the War Office immediately on the outbreak of war, has been posted to the 7th (Service) Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers and ordered to join his regiment’.
The battalion which formed part of 30th Brigade, 10th (Irish) Division embarked in Liverpool on 9 July 1915 landing in Suvla Bay on the Gallipoli peninsular on 6-7 August.
Charles died aged 52 on 7th August 1915, the day after landing at Suvla Bay during the ‘taking of Chocolate Hill’. He lies buried in Green Hill Cemetery, Turkey. Charles was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
He is also remembered on the memorial window in St. Gregory’s Church and as a member of the Sudbury Conservative Club his name was recorded on their Roll of Honour.
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