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  1. page Tipping E edited ... Duty Location : Balkans Residing Town : Elvaston Commemorated on the Mikra Memorial, Greece…
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    Duty Location : Balkans
    Residing Town : Elvaston
    Commemorated on the Mikra Memorial, Greece
    Born 1890, Elvaston, Derby
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  2. page Simms D edited ... Awarded the Military Cross for an act of exemplary gallantry during active operations against …
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    Awarded the Military Cross for an act of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy.
    Son of the late Henry and Katie Sims of 1 Alvaston Street.
    Buried in Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy, France, Grave Reference: III B 15
    Born 1892, Alvaston to Henry and Catherine Sims.
    In 1911 he was a Clerk, his father was an Iron Turner, living at 6 Warren Street, Alvaston.
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  3. page BATH, S. W. edited ... Enlisted: Derby Resided: Derby ... 5th August 1918 1917 Aged 37 Husband of Florence A…
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    Enlisted: Derby
    Resided: Derby
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    5th August 19181917
    Aged 37
    Husband of Florence Amelia Bath, of 1 Cemetery Road, Belper, Derby
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    Additional information courtesy of Ryan Dunn, Samuel's Great-Great-Grandson:
    Samuel Wood Bath, Bombardier 85097, A Battery, 106th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
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    Lt. Col.)
    Samuel was wounded at Loos, in late 1915 and once more after that, but only slightly this time.
    His fatal wounds, suffered in 1917 were to his mouth and neck, he died in the 3rd Canadian Hospital Boulogne, on the evening of Sunday 5th August 1917 he was 37, older than some, but still way too young to die.
    Samuel is buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery France. Grave Reference: IV C 52
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    Samuel’s death).
    The son of Joseph Bath of 57 Penn St Belper, Samuel was formerly a jeweller who had a shop in High St Belper and later a confectionery and grocery shop at Field Head, he was also a member of the Primitive Methodist Church.
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    Transport Corps.
    Newspaper Article from the Belper News dated 10 August 1917
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    Transport Corps.”
    Interestingly, the newspaper article refers to a ‘bullet’ whilst Maj. Hamilton refers to a pip-squeak, (a German rifle grenade) which accounted for a large number of casualties during the war. So Samuels wounds would perhaps be better described as shrapnel wounds.
    Quotes from Maj. Ralph Hamilton’s Diary.
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    Maj. Ralph Hamilton
    Reninghelst, 11th August 1917
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    had swallowed.
    It is a terrible grief to me, as he did everything for me, and had been with me night and day for two years …”
    Maj. Ralph Hamilton
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  4. page BATH, S. W. edited {Samuel Wood Bath Photo.jpg} Samuel Wood Bath (Courtesy of Ryan Dunn, his Great-Great-Grandson) …

    {Samuel Wood Bath Photo.jpg} Samuel Wood Bath (Courtesy of Ryan Dunn, his Great-Great-Grandson)

    Bath, Samuel Wood, Driver, 85097, “A” Battery, 106th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
    Enlisted: Derby
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    A cotton mill stock keeper
    Husband of Florence Amelia, an embroiderer, and father of Pattie and Alonzo Bath, of Chesterfield Road, Belper, Derbyshire
    Additional information courtesy of Ryan Dunn, Samuel's Great-Great-Grandson:
    Samuel Wood Bath, Bombardier 85097, A Battery, 106th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
    ‘Driver Bath’ answered the call of Lord Kitchener in February, 1915, well prior to being called up. He had been in France for over two years at the time of his death, acting as a Driver for Major Ralph Hamilton (who later died on the 31st of March 1918 whilst a Lt. Col.)
    Samuel was wounded at Loos, in late 1915 and once more after that, but only slightly this time.
    His fatal wounds, suffered in 1917 were to his mouth and neck, he died in the 3rd Canadian Hospital Boulogne, on the evening of Sunday 5th August 1917 he was 37, older than some, but still way too young to die.
    Samuel is buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery France. Grave Reference: IV C 52
    He was the husband of Florence Amelia Bath, of 1 Cemetery Rd Belper. (they had three children the youngest being approximately two years old at the time of Samuel’s death).
    The son of Joseph Bath of 57 Penn St Belper, Samuel was formerly a jeweller who had a shop in High St Belper and later a confectionery and grocery shop at Field Head, he was also a member of the Primitive Methodist Church.
    His brother Alonzo also served on the western Front with the Motor Transport Corps.
    Newspaper Article from the Belper News dated 10 August 1917
    “Another recent death from wounds among our Belper men must be added in the case of Bombardier Samuel Wood Bath son of Mr Joseph Bath 57 Penn St. Deceased will be remembered as having formerly kept the jewellers shop in High St now occupied by Mr Moxey, and later taking up the business of confectioner and grocer, Field Head. He joined Kitchener’s Army in February, 1915, and had been nearly two years in France, participating in many severe engagements. He was wounded at Loos, and again afterwards more slightly. His last wound has unfortunately, proved fatal, a bullet passing through his mouth and neck, to which he succumbed on Sunday evening, as intimated by the Military Chaplin. As a driver in the Artillery he had various adventures, having a horse shot under him on one occasion, and on another, the animal was badly wounded and had to be killed. He was promoted to Bombardier, serving under Major Hamilton. His last wound appears to have been received on the Belgian frontier. Deceased leaves three children, the youngest just over two years of age. He trained near Glasgow and in the south of England. He was a member of the Primitive Methodist body, and had been in the choir since a boy. His brother Alonso, is also in France and engaged in the Motor Transport Corps.”
    Interestingly, the newspaper article refers to a ‘bullet’ whilst Maj. Hamilton refers to a pip-squeak, (a German rifle grenade) which accounted for a large number of casualties during the war. So Samuels wounds would perhaps be better described as shrapnel wounds.
    Quotes from Maj. Ralph Hamilton’s Diary.
    Blaupoort, 2nd August 1917
    “Another black day. We have been pounded by guns of all calibres from 10 o’clock this morning till now (5p.m.). My faithful Bath has been hit at last, very badly … I found that poor Bath had been hit by a fragment of a high explosive pip-squeak. It had gone in behind the right ear and at the top of his neck, cut his tongue badly and lodged in his left cheek. We got him over to the dressing-station, where fortunately we found Mortimer and another doctor doing nothing. So they set to work on him at once. He was nearly choking with the blood running down his throat but Mortimer said that would quickly stop. They can’t tell how bad he is yet; it all depends on if the wound becomes septic or not. He has a good chance of living but I am afraid he is very bad. He is a dreadful loss to me, as he has since just after Loos, and he has been a devoted slave, anticipating everything I could possibly want. Now at 5.30 p.m. the shelling has become intense, and my office has just been hit. Several more men killed and wounded. I wonder how long we shall be able to stand this sort of thing.”
    Maj. Ralph Hamilton
    Reninghelst, 11th August 1917
    “Today I had the sad news that poor Bath is dead. He died… of Broncho-pneumonia, caused by the blood he had swallowed.
    It is a terrible grief to me, as he did everything for me, and had been with me night and day for two years …”
    Maj. Ralph Hamilton
    {Samuel Wood Bath gravestone.jpg} Grave of Samuel Wood Bath, Boulogne Eastern Cemetery (Courtesy of Ryan Dunn, His Great-Great-Grandson)

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Wednesday, February 21

  1. page Litchfield P J edited Percy John Lichfield Litchfield Battery Quartermaster Sergeant 806217 ... Artillery, "D…
    Percy John LichfieldLitchfield
    Battery Quartermaster Sergeant 806217
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    Artillery, "D" BattalionBattery, 296th Brigade
    Died aged 34 on Sunday 30th September 1917
    Son of George and Amelia Litchfield of Bedford; husband of Alice Litchfield, of 39 Eden Street, Alvaston, Derby
    Buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave Reference: II K 6

    In 1901 he was 17 years of age and the son of George and Amelia Lichfield, of 3 Cauldwell Street, Bedford.
    In 1911 he was a boarder at 60 Bridgford Road, Nottingham with Lewis Doel's family, as a Traveller, Engineering.
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  2. page Keetch W edited Walter Stuart Nugent Keech Private 20349, 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in acti…
    Walter Stuart Nugent Keech
    Private 20349, 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment.
    Killed in action 17th July 1916, aged 18
    Son of Arthur William and Gertrude Adelaide Keech, of 29 Fleetwood Road, Clarendon Park, Leicester
    Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

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Saturday, February 17

  1. page BOOT, E. edited ... Husband of Caroline Boot, of 6, Taylor Street, Osmaston, Derby Also appears on the Midland Ra…
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    Husband of Caroline Boot, of 6, Taylor Street, Osmaston, Derby
    Also appears on the Midland Railway Memorial, Derby, as he was employed as a shop clerk, in the Chief Mechanical Engineering Department at Derby Station
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Sunday, February 11

  1. page HARRIS R. edited ... A school boy Son of George, a horse driver, and Alice Harris, of 48, Erasmus Street, Derby …
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    A school boy
    Son of George, a horse driver, and Alice Harris, of 48, Erasmus Street, Derby
    {War Memorials BA 193.jpg} Grave of Reginald Harris, Derby (Nottingham Road) Cemetery, Derbyshire
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