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Private 40294 William Summerton

4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment
Killed in Action, Second Battle of the Scarpe, Battle of Arras, France and Flanders,
23rd April 1917, aged 29

  • Buried: Dury Crucifix Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave III.F.18
  • Awarded: British War and Victory Medals
  • Son of Susan Summerton
  • Husband of Daisy Lydia Summerton [nee Roberts]. Married Oct Qtr 1912 at Nuneaton
  • Father of William G [b1913] and John Stanley Summerton [b1916]
  • NNWFHS Memorial: Nuneaton Manor Court Baptist Church

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1911 Census and Family History Information

  • Born c1888 at Kineton, Warks
  • Lived as a boarder at 54 William Street, Attleborough, Nuneaton [1911]
  • Lived at 60 William Street, Attleborough [1916]
  • Employed as a Coal Wagon Horse Driver [1911]
  • Enlisted at Nuneaton

    Description of the Battle
    The 23/4/17 was the opening day of the second Battle of the Scarpe. At 4:45am on the 23/4/17 the 4th Worcs started their attack towards Infantry Hill which was about 1000 yards east of Monchy le Preux. The German front line in front of the hill was easily crossed. Although the 4th Worcs reached their objective, the failure of the 15th Division to gain the right flank left the 4th Worcs in a dangerous postion. The Germans shelled the 4th Worcs position and at 10am the German counter-attack came in. With no support the 4th Worcs were eventually overwhelmed by the Germans at 4pm. Desperate hand to hand fighting ensued and many of the Worcester men were killed or wounded. At the start of the 4th Worcs attack their battle strength was 17 officers and 520 other ranks, only 2 officers and 64 men marched back on the 24/4/17. (Click here for more details)

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