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Ronald John Harold Barnes

Postby Mangoman » Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:19 pm

My cousin's uncle Private 35408 Ronald John Harold Barnes of the 2/8th Worcestershire Regiment died of wounds on 2 June 1918 in France & Flanders. Can anyone be more specific and advise the engagement that the 2/8th took part in and in which Ronald Barnes received the wounds from which he subsequently died?
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Re: Ronald John Harold Barnes

Postby scully » Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:44 pm


The Regimental history for the 2/8th Battalion (May-June-July 1918) shows the following:

The close of the Lys battles had left the 2/8th Worcestershire in the forward area south of the River Lys near St. Venant. There the Battalion remained until July 11th, alternately in front line (d), support or reserve (e). The only event of any note was a small raid attempted by the Battalion on the night of May 27th/28th. Supported by a considerable artillery fire one platoon of the 2/8th Worcestershire moved out in the darkness. A brave attempt was made to reach the enemy, but the fire of several machine-guns prevented the raiding party from effecting an entry into the hostile posts (f).

On June 20th Colonel L. L. Bilton was invalided home and left the Battalion. The Colonel had borne the brunt of both the great German offensives, in March and in April, and his enforced departure was regretted by all ranks. He was succeeded by Lieut. Colonel B. Barton. In July the 61st Division was relieved by the 74th (Yeomanry) Division and after relief the South Midlanders moved back out of the line for training. The 2/8th Worcestershire were relieved by the 15th Suffolk and marched westward to billets at Fontes. From Fontes the Battalion marched on July 22nd to Blaringhem, and there settled down to training, which was continued without interruption until August 4th.

(d) Front line, Calonne Sector. Right sub-sector. May 1st—6th (casualties 3 wounded), May 13th—17th (casualties 1 killed, 7 wounded; left sub-sector, May 7th—11th (casualties 3 killed, 5 wounded). May 18th—23rd (casualties Lt. J. H. Clark and 8 men wounded).
Front Line, St. Floris Sector. Left sub-sector, May 29th—June 3rd (casualties 10 killed, 16 wounded; right sub-sector June 6th—9th (casualties 2 killed, 10 wounded).
Front Line, Robecq Sector. Left sub-sector, June 24th—28th (casualties 1 killed, 1 wounded); right sub-sector, July 2nd—11th (casualties 2 killed, one officer (Lt. G. L. Martin) and 6 other ranks wounded).

(e) Billets, Hamet Billet, May 6th—7th, 12th—13th, 17th—18th, 23rd—27th, June 4th—6th.
Billets, La Miquellerie, June 9th—24th. June 28th—July 2nd.
Note.— The original dividing line between the "St. Floris" and "Calonne'' Sectors was the railway. Later, those two sectors were amalgamated as the "Robecq" Sector.

(f) Casualties 2 killed, & wounded.

From the above it shows that from May 29th—June 3rd 1918 the 2/8th Battalion was in the Front Line at St. Floris Sector, left sub-sector, during which time they suffered casualties of 10 killed, 16 wounded.

Hope this is of some help.


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