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Percy Henry Neale Cpl 14043 1st Btn Norfolk Regt

Stephen Tipler

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This particular soldier is for some reason not remembered on our main war memorial but is on our plaque in the memorial hall and St Andrews church at Gt Ryburgh possibly an admin error. DoW 23/4/17 21 years old apparently admitted to hospital same day with GSW (any clues please?)wound right thigh. Where were the 1st Norfolk on the 22/4/17? is it possible to find the hospital he was admitted too? He was son of Alfred

and an Iron Moulder at Ryburgh`s Farmers Foundry. Any more information please and SDGW entry if poss too!


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Percy Neale

Birth Place: Stibbard, Norfolk

Death Date: 23 Apr 1917

Death Location: France & Flanders

Enlistment Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Rank: Corporal

Regiment: Norfolk Regiment

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Number: 14043

Type of Casualty: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Service record on Ancestry says 1 page but are lot more

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There is a very comprehensive reply re the 1st Norfolks way back in January 2004, I do not know how to bring it upto date, but if you Google the 1st Batt Norfolk Regt it is about the fifth subject from the top. Member Armoursergeant was the last to respond to it. Ralph.

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According to the History of the Norfolk Regiment, the 1st battalion had just advanced over the Vimy Ridge on 14th April, and "Up till the 23rd nothing special happened........when at dawn (on 23rd) they started their advance against the German first line in front of La Coulotte."

The casualties were heavy, fifteen officers and 178 other ranks. On the 24th April the battalion was withdrawn to corps reserve.

Colin S

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