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Mark Hone

7th KOYLI 21st September 1917

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Mark Hone   
Mark Hone

I was just putting the finishing touches to my latest batch of Roll of Honour obituaries when I realised that I hadn't researched the circumstances of the death of Private Herbert Bridge, 7th KOYLI who was killed on 21/9/17 and is commemorated on  the Tyne Cot Memorial. I note that there is no mention of the battalion or 20th Division for that date in Mccarthy's day by day account of Passchendaele. Any help as always would be much appreciated.  

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jay dubaya   
jay dubaya

Mark, can't add much, having just had a quick look through their WD which confirms the battalion in camp at Hulls Farm on the Yser Canal, on the 21st 'In readiness to move. Working parties provided during morning. Warning order received that Bn. might have to go into the line that night.' 

This is confirmed in the 61st Inf Bde WD as 'Large working parties provided by Brigade' the 61st WD also mentions on the 20th that 'During the day 7th KOYLI suffered some casualties from long range shelling of their camp at Hulls Farm' which is completely omitted from the battalion diary, however it would seem very unlikely that Herbert was a casualty whilst in camp and most likely a member of the working party somewhere between Hulls Farm and Langemarck.

 

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Mark Hone   
Mark Hone

Thanks. Bridge wrote an interesting 'last letter' shortly before his death which was preserved by the family and will be included in his Roll of Honour entry. He was a professional musician ( double bass) before the war. Did the battalion go into the line on the night of the 21st? It is possible that Herbert Bridge might have been killed then, perhaps. His last letter was written to his sister Amy on 19th September. He writes that he has just come out of the line. 

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