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1917, MARCH 16th – GERMAN RETREAT BEHIND THE SOMME AND THE 2/4th OXFORDS MARCH TO LIHONS

From The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, by Captain G. K. Rose M.C. (Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1920)

On March 16, 1917, the Germans left their front line and scuttled back behind the Somme. The news of this threw everything into a miniature ferment. The Berks stopped practising a raid which they were to do on the Brigade’s return to the old trenches. The General rode off apace. After orders and counter-orders the 2/4th marched dramatically to a map reference near Lihons and commenced pulling logs out of old French dug-outs. Much good work was done, but I believe the logs were never used.

DIED OF WOUNDS MARCH 16th 1917

201391 Private Albert Harry Timms

Timms was wounded on the 28th February,

From The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, by Captain G. K. Rose M.C. (Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1920)

The aftermath of this fighting proved a trying experience. The dug-out to which I returned to spend the remainder of the tour was a shambles. The stairs were drenched with blood. Of my companions, Thompson, a signaller, Timms, Smith (Hunt’s servant, a fine lad) and Corporal Coles- one of the bravest and most devoted N.C.O.’s the Battalion ever had–were dead or died soon afterwards.

He died in a hospital round Etaples.

From: http://www.ww1cemeteries.com/ww1frenchcemeteries/etaples.htm

During the First World War, the area around Etaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained. The cemetery contains 10,771 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, the earliest dating from May 1915. 35 of these burials are unidentified.

Name: Albert Harry Timms
Age: 20
Birth Date: abt 1897
Death Date: 16 Mar 1917
Cemetery: Cemetery Fr 40 Etaples Part Vi U K Graves Senior To Zelley
Burial Country: France
Father: Harry Timms
Mother: Emily Timms
Service Number: 201391
Region or Memorial: France

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