Wars Last Goodbyes
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Clutton (St Augustine)

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Also of Corpl. H. W. Rogers M.M.

Son of the above

Who died of wounds received in action

28th March 1918

Aged 21 years

Interred at the British Military

Cemetery Bac-du-Sud, France


Gone but not forgotten

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Clutton (St Augustine)

Somerset

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Harold Walter

Rogers

1896

Clutton, Somerset

28th March 1918

Died from wounds received whilst in the care of the 3rd Field Ambulance probably at Bac-du-Sud where Harold is buried. Harold was probably being transferred away from the frontline as it was being pushed back by the Germans during the famed Spring Offensive of 1918. The Battalion were in the location of Mercatel and Boyelles south of Arras when it was attacked in multiple waves of German forces. In a letter sent to Harold's mother, Chaplain Rev S. H. Richards said that "Your boy had been with the battalion for so long a time, that it was a great grief to me to hear that he had died of his wounds received in action on March 28 last. And yet, when I had heard he had been wounded badly, and that if he had lived he would have been a cripple for life, I thought of him in all his youth and I thanked God that he had called him home. He was a good boy and one of whom you may justly feel proud. He was always ready to do his duty to you, God and the King. It was a fine end to a young life, inasmuch as he and his section did splendid work in driving back the oncoming Germans. If it was any consolation to him, it should have been that the sacrifice of his life saved the division in its moment of danger. May God bless you and comfort you in your affliction." Somerset Guardian and Radstock Observer 3rd May 1918

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Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery, Bailleulval, France

First World War

Lance Corporal

3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards

Military Medal

Harold was awarded the Military Medal in early 1918 for 'courage displayed in recent fighting.' This grave memorial is unfortunately covered by debris from fallen trees.

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