In Memory of those killed in 1917

The following articles by Edwina Rees tell the stories of men killed in 1917 and commemorated on the St Mary’s Church war memorial.

The first casualties whose stories are told below were involved in the first Allied Offensive in February and March 1917, preliminary to the main Spring offensive, the Second Battle of Arras from 9th April to 16th May 1917.

1. Private Leslie Edwin Smith – who served in the 7th Royal West Kent Regiment and died of wounds sustained in the front line in an attack on the German lines at Grandcourt on 20 February 1917, aged 19.

2. Private John William Husbands – a journalist who served with the 4th Leicestershire Regiment and was the only casualty of a German bombardment of the trenches at Hannecamp on 21 February 1917, dying of his wounds on 4 March 1917, aged 39.

4. Lance-Corporal S V Pickering – a banker who joined the Middlesex Regiment and died on 15 March 1917 in an assault on the Bihucourt trench, aged 22.