Henry Attwood

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Private

Service No:           204085

Unit:                     5th Bn. Kings Shropshire Light Infantry

 

 

Henry was born in Easton Bristol in 1898.  He was the 5th child of Frank & Emma Attwood. In 1901 he was living with his parents and siblings at 2 Whiteway Terrace St. George Bristol.  A 11 year old schoolboy in 1911 he was living with his family at 7 Hill Street St George, his father was a Coal Hewer.  

Harry’s medal card shows he was 200647 Gloucestershire Regt before transferring to the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.

 He wouldn’t have gone to France before 1916 as he wasn’t old enough, though the battalion was in France and Flanders from May 1915 to February 1918 when it was disbanded.

 Of the days around when he was killed the history of the KSLI (Major W. de B. Wood) says this of the 5th Battalion:

 “The battalion was encamped half-way between St. Jean and Potijze, and from the 7th to the 28th, with the exception of the 17th, when the battalion spent the day bathing, large working parties were found for road making behind the front line, which by this time was far away from where it had been. During that time...Casualties 2 other ranks killed and 13 other ranks wounded. Aeroplanes were active on both sides.” pp. 162. The battalion War Diary (UK National Archives WO 95/1902) confirms that these deaths actually occurred on the 18th November 1917.

Both those men are buried side-by-side in the wonderful Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery in Potijze just east of Ieper (Ypres).  Henrys grave is reference I.D.1

Niece Beryl, acccompanied by her husband and daughter, pay their respects at Henry's grave on Remembrance Day 11th November 2012.

Thanks to Beryl Oram & Simon Justice for providing details & photographs.

Henry was entitled to The British War Medal and Victory Medal it is not known if these were claimed by his next of kin.

 References

Medal Index Card PRO

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1901 & 1911 UK census

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