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BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-18 : 1ST/7TH NOTTS & DERBY REGIMENT : KILLED IN ACTION 1ST.JULY 1916 :

British War Medal 1914-18 - 4836 Private E.E.BERRY, Notts & Derby R. (EDWIN ERNEST BERRY - Served in France with 1st./7th.(Robin Hood) Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment) : Subsequently re-numbered as - 266516, he was killed in action during the attack at Gommecourt on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme : It is possible that his death may have resulted from confusion in artillery signalling as Private Stevenson of the Battalion later recalled, "Our artillery has not stopped and is dropping shells near us. A red light is burned to try to stop them. Wilkins wounded arm. Sergeant Buckley wounded, also BERRY." The 'red light', almost certainly flares, was designed as a signal for the British artillery in the rear. The red flare was however also a signal used by the Germans to call in divisional artillery support, though the German defenders were already issuing such signals. Clearly both sets of artillery would have got the message. The resultant German artillery fire was to wreak havoc on the Robin Hoods : At dawn on 1 July 1916 the Battalion strength was likely to have been already depleted to around 700-800, on that day it was to suffer the loss of 424 Officers and men : The recipient has no known grave and is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial : Also entitled to the Victory Medal 1914-1919.) : Sold with verification; related research and CWGC. information. GVF - £225