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I am looking for information on 262nd Battery Royal Garrison Artillery.

What was the make up of this battery how many guns and size

What was the command structure, which Brigade

Where were they positioned on 1 July 1917.

Hope someone can help

Thank you Draperju

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There are several RGA specialists who can provide you with a reference number to search on The National Archive website.

One will be along soon I suspect.

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Draperju,

262 Sge Bty had just been made upto 6 x 8in Hows on the 30.6.17 with a section joining from 362 Sge. The battery position was at Valmertinghe on 1.7.17, then under command of Major A Drewe (currently on leave) and Capt G. Wilson (both later killed on the 12.07.17), under 65 HAG since 25.06.17 although they transferred to 71 HAG the following day (2nd).

Rgds

Paul

Edit: what is going wrong with fonts lately?

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I can tell you they joined 90 th HAG on Dec 3 1917 and they were then equipped with 4 x 8" howitzers.

On this day 90 HAG were based at Beugny not far from Bapaume.

I would wager they were part of a Counter Battery group in the Ypres Salient on July 1917.

Ps. Paul just beat me to it

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Thank you ororkep and Derekspiers for your excellent replies. The man I am interested in died on 1/7/17.

Best wishes

Draperju

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Quote: The man I am interested in died on 1/7/17.

When the section that joined on the 30th June from 362, the men were all billeted in two houses at the old position previously vacated by the battery on the 27th (H10d). One of these houses was struck by hostile shell fire about 1.30am on the 1st; 8 gunners being killed.

To the best of my knowledge these 8 are recorded as KiA.

Rgds

Paul

Edit: Changed date 1.1.17 to the correct 1.7.17, sorry

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They could well lie in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery. I visited there only last week and I have never seen a Cemetery with such a high percentage of RGA and RFA men.

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Paul is still correct, his is a typo error. If 8 men were killed, and seven of these have records available, then one wonders how many were wounded. At least 5 were Signallers.

Kevin

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