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In Memory of HARRY WOODWARD
Private
202684
4th Bn., Royal Berkshire Regiment

who died on
Monday 4 June 1917. Age 31.

Additional Information:
202684 Private, 1st/4th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment). (T.F.) 145th (South Midland) Brigade, 48th (South Midland) Division. Killed in action on Monday 4 June 1917. Age 31. The son of John and Agnes Woodward. The husband of Ellen Woodward, of Bridge Street, Barford. He was born in Dorsington and enlisted in Warwick. He had previously served in the Suffolk Regiment. He served overseas at some time after Saturday 1 January 1916. Buried in the Hermies Hill British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He is also commemorated on a Memorial Screen, St. Peter’s Church, Barford. Holder of British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Cemetery:
HERMIES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY Pas de Calais, France
Grave or Reference Panel Number:IV. B. 29.


Location:
Hermies is a town in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, approximately 3.5 kilometres south of the road from Bapaume to Cambrai, the N30. From the N30 take the D34 for 3.2 kilometres to its junction with the D5E where the first CWGC sign is situated. The Cemetery lies on the left side of the road, 150 metres from the junction.

Historical Information:
Hermies was seized on the morning of the 9th April, 1917, by a surprise attack of the 2nd and 3rd Australian Infantry Battalions. It was held against the advancing Germans on the 22nd March, 1918, by the 17th Division, but evacuated on the following day; and it was retaken in September, 1918.

It was later “adopted”, with Havrincourt, by the County Borough of Huddersfield. The cemetery was begun in November, 1917, and carried on by fighting units until March, 1918, and further graves were added in the following Septem-ber. These original burials comprise nearly the whole of Plot I; the remaining three Plots were added after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from a wide area round Hermies and from certain small cemeteries.

There are now over 1,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly 300 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 28 soldiers from the United Kingdom and 3 from Australia, known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of 6 soldiers from the United Kingdom, buried in two German Cemeteries, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire.

The cemetery covers an area of 3,629 square metres and is en-closed by a brick wall. The following were among the burial grounds from which British graves were removed to Hermies Hill British Cemetery:-

DEMICOURT GERMAN CEMETERY, BOURSIES, at the North end of the hamlet of Demicourt, which contained about 100 German graves and those of 15 unidentified men of the 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

HAVRINCOURT COTTAGE GARDEN CEMETERY, made by the 47th (London) Dvision in the Southern part of the village and containing the graves of 30 soldiers from the United Kingdom and 5 Germans who fell in the winter of 1917-1918.

HAVRINCOURT WOOD BRITISH CEMETERY, about 1 kilometre South-West of Havrincourt village. It contained the graves of 70 soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell on the 20th November, 1917, the first day of the Battle of Cambrai, and all but 5 of whom belonged to the Infantry of the 62nd (West Riding) Division.

HERMIES AUSTRALIAN CEMETERY, on the North-West side of the village, containing the graves of 1 officer and 20 N.C.O.s and men of the 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion, who fell on the 9th April, 1917.


Regiment, Corps etc.

Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment)

Battalion/etc.

1/4th Battalion.

Surname

WOODWARD

Christian Name(s)

Henry

Born

Dorsington, Glos

Enlisted

Warwick

Residence

Barford

Died Date

04/06/17

Rank

PRIVATE

Number

202684

Died How

Killed in action

Theatre of War

France & Flanders

Supplementary notes

FORMERLY 6858, SUFF. REGT.

 

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