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Pte. Harry Durn, Wilts Reg. Ypres.


hetty peglar

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Hi, I am new to this but have been impressed to find out about my Great Uncle Harry. I have found out he was killed at Ypres in July 1917 aged 18. I have been browsing relevant sites but don't seem to be getting very far. Basically I would like to know any details about his regiment or if he was mentioned in any correspondence at all. He came from Whiteshill, Stroud Glos. Thanks in anticipation.

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Hello Hetty.

Have a look at this site, The wardrobe, you can read the war Diaries here.

http://www.thewardrobe.org.uk/wardiary.php3

6th Wiltshire Saturday 9th June 1917 Belgium, In the Line

Consolidation, cleaning up battlefield, salvaging etc continued. At 6p.m 58th Brigade relieved 56th Brigade. The 6th Wilts moving back into divisional Reserve in BOIS CARRE. Our casualties for 6, 7, 8 & 9 were Capt. Marlow wounded (who subsequently died) 2nd Lieuts Skiggs and Forster wounded other ranks 8 killed and 92 wounded.

http://www.thewardrobe.org.uk/wardiary.php...6&year=1917

Name: DURN, HARRY

Initials: H

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Wiltshire Regiment

Unit Text: 6th Bn.

Age: 18

Date of Death: 09/06/1917

Service No: 19052

Additional information: Son of Emily Durn, of 2, Honest Corner, Ruscombe, Stroud, Glos.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 53.

Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

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From SDGW.

6th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment.

Durn, Harry born Whitehill,Glos. enlisted Trowbridge Wilts (living at Whitehill Glos).

19052 Pte, k in a, F & F , 9/6/17.

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from the medal rolls.

1914/15 star Durn H Pte 19052 disembarked 8-9-1915, KiA 9.6.1917 page 2774 on roll B245.

BWM & VM Durn Harry Pte 19052 6th Wilts KiA 13-11-1916 1536;452.

it may interest you that

14/15 star also lists Durn G, Pte 19051 disembarked 23-8-1915 page 2774 A19

BWM & VM Durn Gilbert Pte 19051 5th Wilts discharged , No longer physically fit 11-10-1919 page 1536;452.

Silver War Badge Durn Gilbert 19051 Pte Enlisted 4/3/1915, Discharged 11-10-1919 badge # 317802, reason sickness, P kings regs 392 xvi(a)(1) served Overseas, 26 years old when discharged, W3024 piece number.

there is also

14/15 star Durn H, 18560 embarked 22-6-1915 KiA 13.11.16 page 2774 B228.

BWM & VM Durn Harry Pte 18560 1st Wilts KiA 9-6-1917 1536;452

interesting to know if these were all brothers or cousins as 2 had sequential numbers yet embarked 16 days apart.

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chaz on CWGC & SDGW I have

Harold Durn 18560 (born Stroud) but killed with 6th Wilts on 13/11/16

I think those medal rolls aren't quite right.

Completely unrelated but whilst looking at CWGC I saw some Durn brothers from Manchester both killed when 19 but 2 years apart.

Nothing to do with the Glosterdshire Durn's just sad to see.

http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_detail...casualty=478382

http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_detail...asualty=2753517

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typical, you pay £25 for a book and its wrong!!

thats what is printed, maybe an email to the wardrobe then. Pity David has left.

could always be the CWGC and SDGW are wrong, it has been known especially as the Rolls are from THE regiment rolls

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THANK YOU SO MUCH OWEN. The info is much appreciated. It is quite strange as it is only recently Harry has come into my mind. My grandfather Alfred James Durn served with the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry during WW1 but rarely spoke of his experiences to his children or us grandchildren.

I was aware there was a younger brother who had died in WW1 from the odd family reminiscence. Recently browsing sites for my dad's side of the family I suddenly felt compelled to put Harry's name in a search and discovered he was killed at Ypres. Harry has now made the tragedy of the Great War much more personal.

Would you tell me what does the F & F mean?

Thank you again.

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A thankyou to you also Chaz - I read on and see there is some confusion. There were quite a few Durn brothers - Alfred, Walter, Nelson, Granville, Herbie and Harry. I have yet to explore their service experiences - Harry was the youngest. My husband and I will arrange to visit the museum in Salisbury. Years ago I went with my parents and uncle to Oxford where they donated my Grandfather Alfie's medals to the museum there (Ox and Bucks/ Royal Green Jackets)

Regards

from the medal rolls.

1914/15 star Durn H Pte 19052 disembarked 8-9-1915, KiA 9.6.1917 page 2774 on roll B245.

BWM & VM Durn Harry Pte 19052 6th Wilts KiA 13-11-1916 1536;452.

it may interest you that

14/15 star also lists Durn G, Pte 19051 disembarked 23-8-1915 page 2774 A19

BWM & VM Durn Gilbert Pte 19051 5th Wilts discharged , No longer physically fit 11-10-1919 page 1536;452.

Silver War Badge Durn Gilbert 19051 Pte Enlisted 4/3/1915, Discharged 11-10-1919 badge # 317802, reason sickness, P kings regs 392 xvi(a)(1) served Overseas, 26 years old when discharged, W3024 piece number.

there is also

14/15 star Durn H, 18560 embarked 22-6-1915 KiA 13.11.16 page 2774 B228.

BWM & VM Durn Harry Pte 18560 1st Wilts KiA 9-6-1917 1536;452

interesting to know if these were all brothers or cousins as 2 had sequential numbers yet embarked 16 days apart.

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Would you tell me what does the F & F mean?

Thank you again.

Hetty

France and Flanders is F&F. The Belgium bit of the line and some of Northern France are known as Flanders.

So instead of seeing France and Belgium it is always France and Flanders. They are the ones who speak Flemish and not French as with much of Belgium.

stevem

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Hetty

France and Flanders is F&F. The Belgium bit of the line and some of Northern France are known as Flanders.

So instead of seeing France and Belgium it is always France and Flanders. They are the ones who speak Flemish and not French as with much of Belgium.

stevem

Thank you kindly for that Steve.

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