Bez Posted 19 January , 2018 Share Posted 19 January , 2018 (edited) Hi - new to this forum after doing some reserach on a relative of mine James Henry Crouch who enlisted into the Royal Marine Light Infantry 09/02/1917. Service number PO/1781/S He was KIA on 31/05/1918 and is buried at Forceville in France. I have obtained a fair bit of history on James and also downloaded the War Diaries from the National Archive. I am after the name of the RSM who was killed alongside him. I have found this info about the details of their deaths:- James was batman to the Regimental Sergeant-Major and during the night of 31 May 1918, while they were asleep, both men were killed by a shell. It was James' 34th birthday.On 28 June 1918 the Western Gazette reported "Mrs JH Crouch, of 14 Gladstone Terrace, St. Michael’s Avenue, has received notification from the Record Office, Royal Naval Division, that her husband, Private James Henry Crouch of the - Royal Marine Battalion, was killed in action on May 31st. Lieutenant F Dean, writing to the bereaved widow states that Private Crouch was instantly killed by a shell on the night of May 31st whilst asleep. He was batman to the sergeant-major, who was also killed at the same time. The Commanding Officer and all ranks joined in sending their sympathy. “Your husband did good work out here,” he concludes, “and died a soldier’s death alongside his master, whom he served faithfully.” I would like to know where the RSM is buried so I can pay my repects when I go to Forceville on what would be the 100th anniversay of their passing. Also the term 'batman' - what is this role? Thanks in advance Edited 19 January , 2018 by Bez Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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