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  • Buried in Fricourt New Military Cemetery
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Son of George Harry and Mary Ellen Blatherwick, Cropwell Road, Radcliffe on Trent. Brother of George Harry (died 08/05/1915).
University of Nottingham OTC.
01 Jul 1916
22
542141 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
10th Bn The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
10th Bn The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) The 10th (Service) Bn was raised at York in September 1914 as part of Kitchener’s Second New Army and joined 50th Brigade, 17th (Northern Division). After training in the UK the battalion was drafted to France in July 1915. Robert Blatherwick entered the Western Front theatre on 21 May 1916 (source: Medal Rolls Index Cards). He was killed six weeks later, near Fricourt village, 5km east of Albert, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in Fricourt New Military Cemetery, Somme, France. He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - History of Fricourt New Military Cemetery (extract): 'On 30 June 1916, Fricourt village was just within the German front line. It was attacked on 1 July by the 17th Division, and by the end of the day it was caught between that division to the west, the 21st to the north and the 7th to the south. the village was occupied by the 17th Division the following day. From 25 March 1918 to the following 26 August, Fricourt was again in German hands. Two cemeteries were made by the 17th Division, and most of the dead buried in them belonged to that division. Fricourt New Military Cemetery is in fact four big graves, made by the 10th West Yorkshire Regiment after the capture of Fricourt in July 1916, and a few single graves of September 1916.' (www.cwgc.org)
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    Robert Hugh Blatherwick - Buried in Fricourt New Military Cemetery