1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Ernest Arthur Birch

Contributed by: Mary Somerville, on 2008-11-04

Ernest Arthur Birch
Rank
First Name Ernest Arthur
Surname Birch
Year of Birth 1883
Year of Death 1918
Regiment Wiltshire Regiment; Somerset Light Infantry
Place of Wartime Residence Southampton, Hampshire

Ernest Arthur's Story

My Grandfather was conscripted at the age of 33. He was initialy in the Wiltshire Regiment, but on arrival in France was reassigned to the Somerset Light Infantry, and given a different service number. He was, I believe, captured during the last big German offensive in March 1918. He died of dysentery in Asfeld Hospital Sedan on 17th May 1918. He is buried in the Sedan ( St Charles) Communal Cemetery. My Grandmother was not to find out about his death until 2nd July 1919.

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