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Remembered Today:

43rd Brigade RFA

Tony Cox

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iam trying to find war diaries for this Brigade in 1916, I’ve tried the NA but I carn’t seem to locate them,



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Presume you mean Bombardier 63275 H.H. Holmes?

If you look at his CWGC webpage you'll see it has an original document attached, a Concentration Report. Looks like he was one of four RFA men recoved from a small battlefield cemetery post-war. On the report two of the other men who died on the same day appears to be a "Lieutenant P.O. Muirhead" of 'D' Battery and a 43530 Driver "H. Abram' of the RFA. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/556700/

On their own CWGC webpages, Lieutenant Phillips Quincy Muirhead has his unit shown as "D" Battery, 25th Brigade. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/556957/PHILLIPS QUINCY MUIRHEAD/

And Driver Richard Abram is with the same unit. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/556202/RICHARD ABRAM/

As far as I'm aware the 25th Brigade did not include any of the former units of the 43rd Brigade.

As to how the old unit may have been shown, if his ID tag had not been updated and he was buried originally by men who were not from his unit, then this may have been all they had to go on. His original burial alongside men of the 25th Brigade may be a co-incidence.

As War Diaries can currently be downloaded for free from the National Archive might be worth getting the one for the 25th Brigade just to see if you can eliminate them as a possibility. https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7351867


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D (H)/25 Battery was formed by a section each of 30 (H) Bty and 40 (H) Bty, both from 43rd Brigade RFA, on May 22, 1916.

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Wow PRC you beat me to it, not looked at the cwgc yet, only just come across his medals on the net.

he was a postman from Birmingham and a marble plaque was found on a rubble site years ago with six other names on it, it was kept by the guy who found it for forty years.

it’s now been restored and it’s at the National Memorial arboretum Staffordshire, 

thanks clk,and Dave Porter for your contribution 



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