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Matt Dixon

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I am trying to find out about 2nd Lt Laurence Alfred Harold Barrow, Killed in action 31st August 1916 aged 21, whilst serving with the 10th Royal Sussex. He is buried in Englebelmer Cemetery, and the school magazine states that the Chaplain the Reverend Alfred Barrow conducted his funeral service. (Birth certificate confirms Alfred Barrow was his father, and was formally Vicar of Beckenham, Kent)

Can anyone confirm this, and does anyone have any information about either of these men?

Thanks

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He was actuallys serving with the 11th Battalion, if memort serves me right, as the 10th was a home service unit. I don't think the chaplain was called Barrow, but he might have been nearby in a different unit (eg a CCS or a ADS).

Barrow was killed with several others on a recce of the trenches at Hamel.

The incident is mentioned in Edmund Blunden's Undertones of War and was the subject of one of his poems.

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Paul,

You are right, be was attached to the 11th at the time he was killed. Would the recce have been recorded in the battalion diary do you know?

Which of Blundens poems was it recorded in?

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