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In Memory of FRANCIS H. TALBOT
Private
20894 transf. to (104796) 175th Coy., Labour Corps
who died on
Thursday 21 March 1918 . Age 21

Additional Information:
104796 Private, 175th Company, Labour Corps. Killed in action at Moisel on Thursday 21 March 1918. Age 21. The youngest son of Henry and Elizabeth Talbot, 2 Bridge Street, Barford. He was born in Barford and he enlisted in Warwick. He served overseas at some time after Saturday 1 January 1916. He formerly served as 58299, Devonshire Regiment. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. He is also commemorated on a Memorial Screen, St. Peter’s Church, Barford. Holder of British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Cemetery:
POZIERES MEMORIAL Somme, France Grave or Reference Panel Number: Panel 94

Location:
Pozieres is a village 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The Memorial encloses Pozieres British Cemetery which is a little south-west of the village on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Pozieres.

On the road frontage is an open arcade ter-minated by small buildings and broken in the middle by the entrance and gates. Along the sides and the back, stone tablets are fixed in the stone rubble walls bearing the names of the dead grouped under their Regiments.

It should be added that, although the memorial stands in a cemetery of largely Australian graves, it does not bear any Australian names. The Australian soldiers who fell in France and whose graves are not known are com-memorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.

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:
The POZIERES MEMORIAL relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918 when the Allied Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields, and the months that followed before the Advance to Victory, which began on 8 August 1918.

The Memorial commemorates over 14,000 casualties of the United Kingdom and 300 of the South African Forces who have no known grave and who died on the Somme from 21 March to 7 August 1918. The Corps and Regiments most largely represented are The Rifle Brigade with over 600 names, The Durham Light Infan- try with approximately 600 names, the Machine Gun Corps with over 500, The Manchester Regiment with approximately 500 and The Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery with over 400 names.

The memorial encloses POZIERES BRITISH CEMETERY, Plot II of which contains original burials of 1916, 1917 and 1918, carried out by fighting units and field am-bulances. The remaining plots were made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields immediately surrounding the cemetery, the majority of them of soldiers who died in the Autumn of 1916 during the latter stages of the Battle of the Somme, but a few represent the fighting in August 1918.

There are now 2,755 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 1,375 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 23 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. The cemetery and memorial were designed by W H Cowlishaw.

Regiment, Corps etc.

Labour Corps

Battalion/etc.

Surname

TALBOT

Christian Name(s)

Francis Henry

Born

Barford, Warwick

Enlisted

Warwick

Residence

Died Date

21/03/18

Rank

PRIVATE

Number

104796

Died How

Killed in action

Theatre of War

France & Flanders

Supplementary notes

FORMERLY 20894, R. WAR. REGT.

 

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