On this day 16th October 1917 – 1/7th Battalion casualties

265187 Pte Albert Ernest Barker died of wounds aged 21265187-barker

Son of John Thomas and Annie Barker of 22 Mona St., Beeston inn Nottinghamshire

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Albert was one of the leaders of Notts and Derby in an attack on a German position when he was badly wounded. Mrs. Barker received very comforting letters from the chaplain and Captain of the Company. The letter reads, ‘When I took command of the company I realized what a fine straight boy your son was. I was wounded the same night that he was and were both sent to the same hospital. Whilst he was here I visited him frequently, every day. The boy was very ill when he arrived here, but he was so brave and cheerful all the time. All my sympathy goes out to you, he was such a brave lad. You must always remember he lived each day like he died a very brave and gallant Englishman.

See Nottinghamshire Roll of Honour


268062 Pte George William Keetley was killed in action

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Son of Mrs C Keetley of 63 Dorset St., Old Radford in Nottingham


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Both men’s deaths are recored in the 1/7th Battalion War Diary

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