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THE MEN OF BARROW-UPON-SOAR

 WHO GAVE THEIR  LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY

THE GREAT WAR - WWI  1914-1918 (71) 

   WWII 1939-1945 (19) 

 

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Fred married Joyce Ruth (nee Williamson) on 16 December 1941

 WAKELIN, FREDERICK GEORGE 876611 
Gunner - 11th (Honourable Artillery Company) Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery
KIlled in action, El Alamein, Egypt, on Saturday 6th June, 1942 Aged 22
Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, Alamein, Egypt - Grave Ref: Column 14
Born in London on 26 October 1919 son of Samuel William and  (?) Wakelin, of London.
Fred was Regular Army and had already been evacuated from Dunkirk. While on Embarkation Leave, he met and married Joyce Ruth (nee Williamson) on 16 December 1941. They met at the Working Men's Club in Barrow. He was billeted in Barrow. He then went to Doncaster where he was given his shipping out orders. He went AWOL to come back to Barrow to spend a night with Joyce. He had already returned to base when two policemen came to see Joyce about his being AWOL. He was escorted on to his ship bound for Egypt by Military Police. He had a card he said he would mail to Joyce. She was told that when she received it, he had shipped out.
Husband of Joyce R. Wakelin (now, Sutton) of Grays Court, Barrow-upon-Soar.
Joyce is the last War Widow born in Barrow. She placed a wreath on Remembrance Day 11/11/2001 at the War Memorial. Joyce is also the niece of Alfred Clarke, (Halford Clark) killed in WWI.

Although Private Wakenlin is honoured on The Alamein Memorial, he rests in an unmarked grave along with many of his comrades just south of Tobruk in and area named Knightsbridge Box. He was involved in some of the fearcest combat seen in North Africa as Rommel made his advance on Tobruk.

The Battle of Gazala was an important battle of the World War II Western Desert Campaign, fought around the port of  Tobruk Libya. The combatants on the Axis side were the Panzer Army Afrika Korps, consisting of German and Italian units and commanded by the "Desert Fox" Colonel-General Erwin Rommel. The Battle of Gazala and The Cauldron took place from May 26 to June 21, 1942. Between late January and May, following their withdraw from the German front at Agedabia, the British had been busy creating what was to be called the "Gazala Line". This was a series of defended "Boxes", rather than the tradition line of 1914-18 vintage, running from Gazala on the eastern side of Jebel south into the desert. Boxes were originally to protect the Infantry. When you're in an established position, they're like a camp. A huge area. Barbed wire all the way round the outside, then minefields, with a gap, similar to a drawbridge. The tracks that go out from the box and then through the minefield are planted with mines each night. At dawn 'Stand To' it's the Infantry's job to go out and take up those mines and bring them back inside, all carefully accounted for. Then the OP Officer can ride out to his position. The men are arranged inside. The most vulnerable units are in the middle. The British system of boxes was essentially a defensive thing. It was too rigid. The boxes couldn't help one another. The Afrika Korps methods were more flexible. They could take each of the British boxes in turn and have a battle with it.

A full brigade, behind belts of barber wire and mines manned each; they were too widely separated to provide mutual support. Instead the desert between them was patrolled and hopefully controlled by roving British armoured units. The most important of these "Boxes" was Bir Hacheim, which would be the pivot point of any armoured flank attack for either side. This box was manned by the 1st Free French Brigade consisting mainly of French Legionnaires, Commanded by General Koenig. Sixteen miles to their right lay another box manned by the 150th Infantry Brigade and further North still was the "Knightsbridge Box", held by 201st Guards Brigade. (This was the old 22nd Guards Brigade that had been renamed to avoid confusion with the 22nd Armoured Brigade). Other boxes manned by British or South Africans, then reached to the sea.

Field-Marshall Rommel's 15th Panzer Division came to halt near the Knightsbridge Box, being seriously low on fuel and ammunition and by 29th May the German advance had stopped. The Germans started to open lanes through the British minefield, but they were engaged by artillery from Knightsbridge and the Guard. The Axis awaited the British counter attack in the open desert, east of Knightsbridge, with the British minefields and the Guards box still at their rear. The German plan was for the British tanks to waste themselves against a well dug-in anti-tank screen, but a sandstorm blew up and the British attack did not really develop, with the 4th Armoured Brigade not attacking until the evening to engage the 90th Light Division again, near Bir Harnet. On 30th May Rommel had been forced to concentrate his forces in a defensive position near the 150th Brigade Box, as his original position was not tenable and various attacks took place all day.

As the British had not attacked in any real form, the Axis took the offensive again with a fierce assault on the Knightsbridge Box, supported by Stukas, along with attacks on the French in the Bir Hacheim Box. The 150th Brigade Box fell at noon on 1st June, with the fighting now opening up between the Guards and the Bir Hacheim Boxes.

Rommel now struck out of his defensive positions in the Cauldron, with the British putting in attack after attack. At this time Major-General Lumsden commanding 1st Armoured Division attempted to a combine forces with what was left of 7th Armoured Division, but unfortunately this was not possible and a valuable chance to mount a coordinated counter-attack by both Armoured Divisions was lost, so when General Ritchie counter-attacked on 2nd June. The whole British attack was not coordinated, with many units attacking on their own and suffering heavy casualties as a result, particularly against the ant-tank screen. On 2nd June an attack by 5th Royal Tank Regiment and 'B' Bty 1 Royal Horse Artillery was hit by a sandstorm and in the ensuing chaos the guns were overrun.

This left the 50th British and 1st South Africa Divisions stuck in boxes to the north of Knightsbridge, cut off by the Axis, who were swarming towards Tobruk.

  

Last photograph of Fred before he was kIlled in action, El Alamein, Egypt, on 6th June, 1942 Aged 22

  

WARING, BERNARD 16488
Private - 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Died of wounds in Mesopotamia on Sunday 11th March, 1917 Aged 19
Basra War Cemetery & Memorial, Iraq - Grave Ref: Panel 12
Son of James and Catherine Waring, of Sileby Road, Barrow-upon-Soar in 1905, later of 4, Peel Street, Loughborough, Leic. Siblings: - Horace.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, January 1916 - The Roll of Honour -Serving - Listed among those serving in the different branches of His Majesty's Forces, and who have relatives and friends, and in most cases, parents in Barrow: Bernard Waring.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, March 1916 - The War - Wounded - The following have been officially reported as wounded in the Persian Gulf: Private Bernard Waring.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Bernard Waring.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, April 1917 - The War - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action  - The sad news reached the homes of two of our brave lads on the same morning that each had made the Great Sacrifice: Private Ralph C. Whitehead of the Leicesters, who had been transferred to the South Staffordshire Regiment, was killed in action, on February 17th. Private Bernard Waring, of the Leicesters, died of wounds received in action, on March 11th. The later is an only son, and his father is away on active service. Much sympathy is felt for relatives and friends in their great sorrow.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1917 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held on October 31st, 1917, for those who have made the great sacrifice for their country. Remembered was, Private Bernard Waring, 2nd Leicesters Regiment, March 11th, 1917.'
Listed In: 'Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914-1919, Part 22, the Leicestershire Regiment, Page 22'.

 

WARING, JOSEPH 241357
Private - 7th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Killed in Action, France and Flanders Friday 22nd March, 1918 Aged 20
Pozieres Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, France - Grave Ref: Panel 29 & 30
Son of   ?   Could be the son of Joseph and Florence (nee Keenan) Waring who married 25 June 1893.
The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, February 1916 - 'The Roll of Honour - Listed among those serving in the different branches of His Majesty's Forces, and who have relatives and friends, and in most cases, parents in Barrow: 3rd LEICESTER REGIMENT - Joseph Waring.' Listed In:  'Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919, Part 22, the Leicestershire Regiment, Page 53'

  

  WEST M.M., GEORGE 27383
2nd Lieutenant - "B"Company, 9th Battery, Attached 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Killed in Action, France & Flanders on Friday 22nd March, 1918 Aged 23
Pozieres Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, France - Grave Ref: Panel 29 & 30
Remembered on Family Plot C-924, Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery
Corporal George West was Awarded The Military Medal for Gallantry  - Son of Joseph (died 09/04/34) and Catherine (died 14/07/39 Age 79) West, of 14, Church Street, Barrow-upon-Soar. Mother and father rest in  Plot C-924. George is also remembered on their stone. George's father was head gardener at Strancliffe House. Most of his family was in service in the village. George was one of 13 brothers and sisters. Siblings: - Connie, Kate, Mabel, Lucy, Edith, Cecil, Beatrice, Sophie, Richard (Dick), Bertha, Joseph, Elizabeth. The West family house, was located across the road from Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-upon-Soar, until 1948 when it was removed and replaced with a semi-detached.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - George West.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1916 - The War - Promoted and Decorated - Corporal George West has been awarded the Military Medal, and promoted Sergeant, for distinguished acts of gallantry.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, May 1918 - The War - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - Official news has been received that Second-Lieutenant George West M.M., Leicestershire Regiment, was killed in action, March 22nd, 1918. We desire to express our deep sympathy with the relatives and friends in their great sorrow.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1918 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held for those who have made the Great Sacrifice for their country during the past twelve months was held on Saturday, September 28th, at 3 p.m. Named on the Roll of Honour: Sec.-Lieut. George West M.M., 6th Leicesters, March 22nd, 1918.'
Possibly listed on the Memorial at Thurcaston Old School, Thurcaston, Leic. Niece Jane Eyre lives in Barrow (07-09)   

 

 

 The West Family (George far left - brother Richard far right)

 

  WHITEHEAD, COOPER RALPH 40591
Private - 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment
Died of battle wounds on Saturday 17th February, 1917
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France - Grave Ref: Pier & Face  7B
Son of William (died 27/02/24) and Caroline (died 25/04/24) Whitehead, Barrow-upon-soar, Leic. Mother and father rest in Plot-76, Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery.
Listed as  'A' Whitehead on the Roll of Honour, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-upon-Soar. I have verified that his initials are 'R. C.' and listed on the Commonwealth War Grave Commission Records, as Ralph Cooper Whitehead. He is remembered on his family stone as, Cooper Ralph Whitehead. I have verified that this is the correct man, no matter the listing.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1914 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Listed among those serving in the different branches of His Majesty's Forces, and who have relatives and friends, and in most cases, parents in Barrow. 5th BATTALION (Res.) LEICESTERSHIRE REGIMENT - Ralph Whitehead.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1915 - The Roll of Honour - Wounded - The following is listed as 'Wounded in Action : Private Ralph Whitehead.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Ralph Whitehead.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, April 1917 - The War - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action  - The sad news reached the homes of two of our brave lads on the same morning that each had made the Great Sacrifice: Private Ralph C. Whitehead of the Leicesters, who had been transferred to the South Staffordshire Regiment, was killed in action, on February 17th. Private Bernard Waring, of the Leicesters, died of wounds received in action, on March 11th. The later is an only son, and his father is away on active service. Much sympathy is felt for relatives and friends in their great sorrow.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1917 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held on October 31st, 1917, for those who have made the great sacrifice for their country. Remembered was, Private Ralph Whitehead, 2nd South Staffs. Regiment, February 17th, 1917.'

 

WHITEHOUSE, DAVID L. 11244
Lance Corp. - 2nd Battalion, Royal Scottish Fusiliers
Missing in action presumed dead on Wednesday 26th August, 1914 Aged 19
Caudry British Cemetery, Caudry, Nord, France - Grave Ref: III. A. 20.
Son of Mrs. Annie Wakeling, of Avonlodge Cottages, Newbold-on-Avon, Rugby, Warwickshire.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1914 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Listed among those serving in the different branches of His Majesty's Forces, and who have relatives and friends, and in most cases, parents in Barrow. ROYAL SCOTS - David Whitehouse (missing).'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Missing in Action - David Whitehouse.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, March 1917 - The Roll of Honour -Remembered  - Private David Whitehouse, 2nd Royal Scots., 26th August, 1914. A simple laurel wreath was placed for each hero, tied with his regimental colours.'

 

WHITEMAN, SYDNEY 41103
Private - 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment 
Killed in action on Tuesday 30th October, 1917 Aged 20
Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), Bailleul, Nord, France -
Grave Ref: III. E. 85.
Born on 1897, son of Frederick and Eliza Whiteman of Barrow-upon-Soar. Father was a quarryman and subsequently a labourer. Siblings: - Joseph, Sam, Harry, Frederick, Alice, John Henry, Eliza, Susan, Arthur, Albert.  Sydney was baptised on 3 December 1899 at the age of 1 year, 11 months old, at Barrow-upon-Soar.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, July 1917 - The War - Wounded - Private Sydney Whiteman has been reported wounded in action.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, December 1917 - The War - Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - We regret to have to record the following casualty, Private Sydney Whiteman, Worcesters, "died of wounds"October 30th, 1917.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1918 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held for those who have made the Great Sacrifice for their country during the past twelve months was held on Saturday, September 28th, at 3 p.m. Named on the Roll of Honour: Private Sydney Whiteman, 1st Worcesters, October 30th, 1917.'

 

WILLIAMSON, THOMAS HERBERT 82528
Private - 20th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
Died of wounds on Friday 1st November, 1918 Aged 19
Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Boulogne, Pas De Calais, France - Grave Ref:  VI. F. 38.
Son of Joseph Armstrong (died 27/11/37) and Eliza (died 07/02/46) Williamson, of Barrow-upon-Soar, Leic. Father and mother rest in Plot-987, Barrow-upon-soar Cemetery. Father was a farmer. Siblings: Arthur, Edith, Joseph Henry, Mary Edna, John Arnold, Margaret Amelia. Thomas was baptised 20 August 1899 at Barrow-upon-Soar.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, December 1915 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Since the Roll of Honour was first published in the magazine, the following have enlisted in one or other in the King's Forces: Thomas Williamson.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1918 - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - One more name has to be added to the long list of our brave lads who have given their lives for King and Country. Private Thomas Herbert Williamson, 'died of wounds' on October 31st, 1918. He was in the 20th Durham Light Infantry. We trust that God will comfort his parents and friends in their sad bereavement.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, January 1919 - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action  - The following casualty has to be recorded: Private Thomas Herbert Williamson 20th Durham Light Infantry, died of wounds on October 31st, 1918.'

 

WILLIS, HERBERT 22871
Private - 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Died of wounds, Mesopotamia, Iraq on Monday 19th March, 1917 Aged 25
Amara War Cemetery, Amara, Iraq - Grave Ref:  XII. E. 8.
Son of William Henry Willis, of 21, Sackville Street, Derby
A gift of a quarter-foil on the upper left hand corner of the stained glass window dedicated to Lt. T.P.G. Stone on the right side of the Communion Table in the Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-upon-Soar, was made by Mrs. Dewey, in memory of Private Herbert Willis. The inscription at the base of the window, reads: 'In Memory of Pvte. Herbert Willis 9th Leicestershire, Killed in Mesopotamia 19 March 1917 this Quarter-foil is Inserted'.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, December 1915 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Since the Roll of Honour was first published in the magazine, the following have enlisted in one or other in the King's Forces: Herbert Willis.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Herbert Willis.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, MAY 1917 - The War - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - Private Herbert Willis, of the 2nd Leicesters, "died of wounds" on March 19th, 1917.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1917 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held on October 31st, 1917, for those who have made the great sacrifice for their country. Remembered was, Private Herbert Willis, 2nd Leicesters Regiment, March 19th, 1917.' Listed In: 'History of Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-upon-Soar, by Lynne Brookes

 


WILLS, JOHN WILLIAM 16408
Private - 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Died of battle wounds received in France and Flanders on Saturday 25th September, 1915 Aged 25
Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas De Calais, France - Grave Ref: Panel 42 to 44
Son of Samuel and Hannah (Anna) Wills of Barrow-upon-Soar. Father was a labourer. Siblings: - Samuel, Florence Maud, David, Percy (1), Ellen, Percy (2), Harold, Maurice. John was baptised on 29 March 1891 at Barrow-upon-Soar.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1915 - The Roll of Honour - Wounded - The following is listed as 'Wounded in Action : Private John Wills.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, December 1915 - The Roll of Honour - Serving  - Since the Roll of Honour was first published in the magazine, the following have enlisted in one or other in the King's Forces: John William Wills.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, December 1915 - The Roll of Honour - Wounded and Missing - Private John William Wills, was reported "wounded and missing"on the 25th Sept. Last He was in the army in France. Efforts have been, and are still being made to learn some further particulars with regard to his sad case, and much sympathy is felt for those who are in such a state of sorrow and anxiety.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Missing in  Action - John Wills, September 25th, 1915.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, January 1917 - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action: Private John Wills, reported missing in action on September 25th, 1915. He was a member of the Church of England Mens Society and a regular Communicant.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, March 1917 - The Roll of Honour -Remembered  - Private John Wills, 2nd Leicester Regiment, 25th September, 1915. A simple laurel wreath was placed for each hero, tied with his regimental colours.'
Listed In: 'Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914-1919, Part 22, the Leicestershire Regiment, Page 22'

  

  

Lancelot Wilmore with his wife Alice on their wedding day, 3 August 1929

WILMORE, LANCELOT AFSG1250
Dispatch Rider - London Auxiliary Fire Service, Whitechapel, London
Died at Hackney Hospital, London as "died as a result of enemy action' on Friday 31st October, 1941 Aged 37
Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery, Leicestershire, England - Plot C-1208 (Unmarked Grave)
Register of Burials in the Burial Ground of Barrow-upon-soar, Page 38, Entry 1660 and Page 51.
Born on 9 March 1904, son of Richard (died 24/02/36) & Margaret (died 09/02/52) Wilmore, 6 New Street Barrow-upon-Soar. Mother and father rest in Plot-872, Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery.
Husband of  Alice Emily (nee Bartlett) Wilmore, married on 3 August 1919. Alice, aged 32, buried 17/02/43, rests in same unmarked grave as her husband, Page 37, Entry 1721. She died 13 months after Lance was killed. Father was a labourer. Siblings: - Frank, John, William, Lily, Elsie May, Madge, (Jan. 2003) Nieces: - Jean Bailey of Barrow-upon-Soar and Margaret Riley of Leicester.
He is incorrectly listed on the Commonwealth Graves Commission Website, as "died as a result of enemy action'. He was serving with the Auxiliary London Fire Service in the capacity of Dispatch Rider when he was killed in a road accident. Lancelot was a grocer's assistant and village volunteer fireman in Barrow-upon-Soar.
ancelot Wilmore is buried in Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery on 8 November 1941. The Register of Burials in the Burial Ground of Barrow-upon-Soar (Page 51) is not perfectly clear since the Rev. W. H. Dew did not include the "ditto marking" in the Column Provided for "Place of Burial". However, the family's memory of the burial is perfectly clear. As of 10 February 2002, with the exception of a small vase, Lance and his wife rest in an unmarked grave. The family are attempting to have a memorial stone placed to mark the grave of Lancelot and his Wife.
Listed In: 'The Metropolitan Borough of Hackney, Section of the Civilian War Dead Register' and on A Firefighters Memorial in London  Listed in the Register of Burials in the Burial Ground of Barrow-upon-soar, Page 38, Entry 1660 and Page 51.

  

  WORBOYS, HARRY 1153265
Gunner - 173rd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
Died in The General Hospital, Leicester on Saturday 7th November, 1942
Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery, Leicestershire, England - Family Plot C-1084 Rev. Father Emery
Son of Harry (died 11/12/57) & Sophia (died 05/01/73)  Worboys of Barrow-upon-Soar. Mother and father rest in Plot C-1083, Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery.  (Son Rests in Plot C-1084 and parents in C-1083. Yet they seem to share the same grave)
Listed on the Roll of Honour in the Humphrey Perkins School Library, Barrow-upon-Soar. Listed In: 1939-1945 the War Dead of the Commonwealth - Cemeteries and Churchyards in Leicestershire and Rutland, Page 2'
'Register of Burials in Burial Ground of Barrow-upon-Soar, Page 38, Entry 41 and Page 51'  Also the Roll of Honour, Humphrey Perkins School, were he was a student.

  

     

WRIGHT, BERNARD HORACE 240770 aka - Bertram Henry Wright
Private/Signaller - "A" Company, 2nd/5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Killed in action France and Flanders on Monday 2nd April, 1917 Aged 20
Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, Roisel, Somme, France - Grave Ref: III. G. 8.
Son of George Alfred (died 05/01/24) and Clara Caunt (died 06/12/51) Wright, of Barrow-upon-Soar, Leic. Mother and father rest in Plot-393, Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery. Father was an insurance agent. Siblings: - Lillian Louisa, George Pears. Bernard was baptised on 18 April 1897 at Barrow-upon-Soar. Name has been shown as 'Bertram', but confirmed as Bernard.
Bernard enlisted at 17 years of age; served through the Irish Rebellion; killed in voluntary effort to carry mails to his comrades through enemy fire.
Bernard Wright was a former member of The Church Lads Brigade
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1914 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Listed among those serving in the different branches of His Majesty's Forces, and who have relatives and friends, and in most cases, parents in Barrow. 5th BATTALION (Res.) LEICESTERSHIRE REGIMENT - Bernard Wright.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Bernard Wright.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, MAY 1917 - The War - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - Private Bernard Wright, of the 2/5th Leicesters, was killed in action on April 2nd, 1917.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1917 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held on October 31st, 1917, for those who have made the great sacrifice for their country. Remembered was, Private Bernard Wright, 5th Leicesters Regiment, April 2nd , 1917.'

 

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