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In Memory of REUBEN BARNBROOK
Private
15976
1st Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment

who died on Thursday 12 October 1916. Age 21.

Additional Information:
15976 Private, 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 10th Brigade, 4th Division. Killed in action during the Battle of Le Transloy on Thursday 12th October 1916. Age 21. The son of Charles and Elizabeth Barnbrook, of Wellesbourne Road, Barford. He resided in Barford and he enlisted in Warwick. He had previously served in the Royal Field Artillery. He served overseas at some time after Saturday 1 January 1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. He is also commemorated on a Memorial Screen, St. Peter’s Church, Barford. Holder of British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Cemetery:
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France
Grave or Reference Panel Number: Pier and Face 9 A 9 B and 10 B

Location:
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July.

Visiting information:
The Panel Numbers quoted at the end of each entry relate to the panels dedicated to the Regiment served with. In some instances where a casualty is recorded as attached to an-other Regiment, his name may alternatively appear within their Regimental Panels. Please refer to the on-site Memorial Register Introduction to determine the alternative panel numbers if you do not find the name within the quoted Panels.

Historical Information:
On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, thirteen divisions of Common-wealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure.

In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured.

The village had been an original objective of 1 July. Attacks north and east con-tinued throughout October and into November in increasingly difficult weather condi-tions. The Battle of the Somme finally ended on 18 November with the onset of winter.

In the Spring of 1917, the German forces fell back to their newly prepared defences, the Hindenburg Line, and there were no further significant engagements in the Somme sector until the Germans mounted their major offensive in March 1918.

The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916. The memorial also serves as an Anglo-French Battle Memorial in recognition of the joint nature of the 1916 offensive and a small cemetery con-taining equal numbers of Commonwealth and French graves lies at the foot of the memorial.

The memorial, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, was built between 1928 and 1932 and un-veiled by the Prince of Wales, in the presence of the President of France, on 31 July 1932. The dead of other Commonwealth countries who died on the Somme and have no known graves are commemorated on national memorials elsewhere.

Regiment, Corps etc.

Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Battalion/etc.

1st Battalion.

Surname

BARNBROOK

Christian Name(s)

Reuben

Born

Enlisted

Warwick

Residence

Barford

Died Date

12/10/16

Rank

PRIVATE

Number

15976

Died How

Killed in action

Theatre of War

France & Flanders

Supplementary notes

FORMERLY R.F.A..

 

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