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MaxD

William Willmott

 

Your man died in No 22 Casualty Clearing Station at Cambrai from influenza.  You'll note the war diary records on 6 November that sickness made it impossible to man all the guns of the battery.   Clearly some of the men were suffering from flu, one other 59 SB man who died at about the same time is buried in the same cemetery. 

 

Max

 

 

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StephKath

Many, many thanks to MaxD and Dick Flory for sharing the elusive transcript of WW1 Diary for 59th SB RGA. Gold dust for any family historian like me. The terse bulletins manage to convey energy, relentless pace and endurance, constant movement, and text is punctuated with names of many personnel who fell and were replaced.

 

What is all the more poignant for me is that you posted  it on 30th October 2018; that's exactly one hundred years from the day that, after four years action, my gt uncle, Gunner Ernest Solomon Bradley (see February posting above) died from pneumonia at a CCS east of Cambrai in the closing stages of the War. It also reveals, less than a week later his comrades and the entire 59th siege battery were unable to even man the guns through sickness. They had given their all. Only 2 days after that the guns went silent for good.

 

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MaxD

That is most kind but Dick is the hero here, I just remembered he had it!

 

Max

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StephKath

William Wilmot

Perhaps your man fought alongside my Gunner Bradley at the very end of the war. 

Both succumbed to respiratory disease in CCS 22 and were buried at East Cambrai within a fortnight of each other.

the following link may be of interest to you, showing a very orderly CCS 22 at Cambrai (albeit 1919 after the end of hostilities)

http://www.fairestforce.co.uk/27.html

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