|LANCE CORPORAL ROBERT DAVIS
Died 15th September 1916
Robert was home on leave during August 1915, just before his regiment left for France, where he arrived on
He would have taken part in the Battle of Loos, in September, 1915, and may have been wounded in December 1915 or April 1916 when the Battalion were heavily shelled and lost several hundred men both times.
The action on the 15th of September began at 6.20am. A barrage was laid down before an attack that was to be made on a defensive position called "The Quadrilateral", as a part of the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. Tanks were to be used for the first time but none arrived (having broken down en route). At 6am a massive British barrage opened up but many huge calibre shells fell short and landed on the
He is listed on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Listed on the Woburn Sands Memorial. His army service papers have not survived.
Some details kindly provided by Steve Fuller, "The Bedfordshire Regiment in the Great War", at www.bedfordregiment.org.uk