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I am trying to trace 158257 Joseph Henry Tate Farrow who served in the R.G.A



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No service or pension records apparent on Ancestry UK.

A soldier of the same name and number died of wounds (gas) at Etaples on 2 April 1918 and is buried there. He served with 125 Heavy Battery RGA.

Wife Margaret J Farrow was resident at 5 Friar Terrace,Hartlepool and Joseph enlisted also in that town.

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A forward party from 125 HB took over the guns and position from 110 HB on 2 Feb 1918, the remainder of the men arrived the next day.

The battery was located midway between Noyelles-les-Vermelles and Vermelles, the billets in Noyelles and wagon lines at Vaudricourt.

The location is just North West of Lens, on the modern map follow the D943.

Once the Germans started Operation Michael on 21st March four guns (left & centre sections) were sent to the rear just in front of Mazingarbe.

Shelling and gassing of both positions and the village became more heavy and frequent. The climax was on 9th April when numerous casualties were incured from a heavy gas strafe.

It seems the your man was gassed here sometime at the end of March 1918.

This is also the location where Sig. Harry Cload died of carbonmonoxide poison in the telephone exchange dugout on 21 April 1918.


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