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I tracked down my Black Country Grandfather's last battle

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 19, 2014

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IN The Bugle (March 27 edition) my grandfather Leonard Wilmott is mentioned.

With help from the war graves commission and the Worcs.Regiment I found his name on the Thiepval Monument to the missing in action (76,000 names) on the Somme and also tracked down the battle that he was involved in on the day he was killed.

This was an attack on High Wood starting at midnight July 22, 1916, and in fact the Worcs. were to stand down and be replaced in the attack by the Warwicks. But due to a miscommunication the Warwicks did not arrive in time and the Worcs went forward together with the Glos. regiment.

What they did not know was that the Germans had moved a machine gun post a little farther nearer a bend in the road resulting in the massacre of many troops. I have walked this road leading up to the wood and in 2016 I shall be going again on the 100th anniversary of Leonard's death, along with about 16 of my family, to lay a wreath on the road and also at Thiepval.

Incidentally, if any readers want information about the Somme with a view to paying a visit to what is now a beautiful area I would be only too willing to help. Regards.

Ken Hemus.


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