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Remembered Today:

Pte Harry Victor Chilvers 18595 13th Btn Welsh Regt

Stephen Tipler

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The next name the `Ryburgh Remembers` committee needs more info on is Harry Chilvers, he was born in Burnham Overy Town Norfolk lived in West Ham in 1881. He was sent to France 3rd December 1915 and according to his MIC he had been promoted to Corporal. So with all this info how did he end up in the Welsh Regt? Are their records online at all? He DOW on the 27th August 1918 aged 45.

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The battalion was in an attack on the 27th and he presumably died of wounds received. The war diary states:

High Wood 'Battn under Lt Col Kennedy DSO, MC assembled at 4.30 am for the attack forward of High Wood. Although originally support support battalion eventually found themselves leading and did splendid work. Enemy casualties were heavy and a fair number of prisoners were taken. Our officer casualties were 2Lt Leach A Coy Killed, Capt Forster MC A Coy, 2Lt Johns C Coy, 2Lt Morris, 2Lt Jones D Coy, wounded.'

I hope this is of assistance.

Kind regards


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No service record apparent online. 13 Welsh were part of 38 Division and all landed in France for the first time in Dec 1915. Why Welsh? Soldiers were beginning to be put where they were needed and as Divisions were building up to operational strength prior to shipment that had priority.

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Once again thank you for the information will be on the cadge again soon.


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