Lest We Forget

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The war started in August I914 and it nearly ended with a German victory in the Autumn. However the allied lines held and over three years of trench warfare followed. The names of marry of the gran battles are indelibly printed on our memories with the Somme (1916) and Third Ypres (1917) being least known Most people are less aware of the carnage that followed the German Spring Offensive which began on 21 March 1918 and which culminated in the German defeat (November). Sadly, it was in the very last period of the war that so many of the local men died.

Many of those involved were in the Herefordshire Regiment which, after training near Northampton, sailed to the Dardanelles to take part in the tragic Gallipoli campaign. They landed at Suvla Bay in August 1915, suffering 30% casualties on the first day. In 1916 the regiment went to Egypt and took part in the slow advance to Jerusalem, which was reached in the late autumn of 1917. Several local men perished in the great battles for Gaza in March/November l917. In early summer 1918 the unit was sent to France to help stem the German advance. In late July it took part in its first battle on French soil, again suffering 30% casualties in a five day period. The troops remained in France until the armistice, after which they formed part of the occupying force in Germany.

Men of the Parishes of St Devereux and Wormbridge  who died in the Great War

George Young
Lance Corporal 9852 1st Battalion
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died Friday 23rd October 1914
Walter Henry Harris
Private 236752 Ist Battalion Herefordshire Regiment
Died at Second Battle of Gaza
6th November 1917 aged 25
Charles Jones
Private 236607 Ist Battalion Herefordshire Regiment
Died in France
23rd July 1918 aged 23

Charles Watkins
Died in The Great War

T A Morgan
Wounded in Gaza in 1917

T E Pritchard
Bombardier - awarded Military Medal

 

Reginald Earnest Brace
Lance Corporal 9685 1st Dragoon Guards
Died Monday 1st April 1918 aged 28

Lieutenent-Colonel Percy Archer Clive
Grenadier Guards
Died Thursday 4th April while commanding 1/5 Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers aged 45

The above is reproduced by kind permission of Mr Bob Davies